15 Plastic-Free Gifts – Ideas For Home and Kitchen

Does the special person in your life enjoy creating in the kitchen? Even if they aren’t quite ready for master chef, we’ve compiled a bunch of plastic-free gift ideas for home and kitchen. Give the gift of plastic-free to help cut down on plastic waste.

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1. StoveTop Coffee

Plastic free stove top coffee
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Is your loved one a coffee drinker? If you think they might be buying instant coffee in jars with plastic lids or in plastic pots then a stovetop coffee maker might be for them. Not only will their coffee taste better, but it’ll also help them cut down on plastic.

The other big plastic problem with coffee is the rise (and rise) of single-use coffee pods. Popularised by Nespresso and with a plethora of like contenders, these things are bad for the environment. In 2019 research found that 42% of Americans owned a single coffee brew machine of some sort1Statista: Share of U.S. consumers who own a single-cup coffee brewing system from 2005 to 2019. . The majority of these will require a constant supply of plastic pods. 

Thus if your loved one for whom who you are searching for plastic-free gift ideas is one of those coffee pod people, it’s time to ditch the pods.

As with any single-use plastic, we don’t really need coffee pods. We struggle to recycle plastic pods because of their small size construction from plastic that doesn’t always make the recycling cut.

Stovetop coffee machines make excellent plastic-free gifts. They’re dead easy to use, make brews to your taste and last forever with care. Each cup of coffee brewed on a stovetop means that one less pod needs to be produced and subsequently dealt with as waste.

2. Mason Jars

Plastic free home mason jars
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Your author’s Grandmother used to spend several days over each summer bottling enough seasonal fruit to last the winter. Peaches and pears bottled away for the colder days. 

Today, mason jars, bottling and preserving is back in fashion. Glass jars have become the ultimate plastic-free kitchen essential. And for good reason. Buy them once, look after them, and there is no reason why they won’t last forever. 

Glass jars make for a brilliant plastic storage replacement. They can store just about anything, cereal, preserves through to dry goods. You can even use them to take soup to work in the winter to warm up at lunch or to share around a healthy smoothy in the summer. 

Towards reducing our environmental impact the best answer to acquiring jars is simply to reuse the ones that you already have. Look around most kitchens and you’ll find jam, pickle, or other jars. Rather than recycling them, give them a wash and use them to store leftovers or your new kitchen concoctions that might otherwise have gone into a plastic bag or container. They work in the freezer too.

If you have a bulk food shop nearby these jars become even more useful. Take them along to the bulk food shop and refill for a truly plastic-free purchase of everything from nuts to herbs and oils.

Getting Creative with Glass Jars

Of course, your loved one might not fall over backwards with joy were you to give them a bunch of empty jam jars. Try making something yummy to put in them and problem solved.

When buying new for a plastic-free gift it’s worth spending a touch more for quality jars that will last. Also, look out for sets that provide versatility. Many now come with interchangeable lids that mean they can also be used with metal or plastic straw alternatives for drinking, or even to sprinkle flour or sugar.

3. Reusable Bags

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Choose to Gift a Plastic Free Bag

Thus the humble reusable bag makes for an excellent plastic-free gift idea for home and kitchen. To be fair it can be a bit of a minefield working out which choice of bag is the most environmentally friendly. The trick? Use whatever choice of bag you have made as many times as possible. 

Our pick, therefore, are these reusable canvas bags. On the left below the shopping box bag folds down for carrying, stays open by themselves and crucially are built to last. Cloth handles, rivets and a 14kg capacity all mean that with one purchase you likely really do have a bag that could last for life. On the right organic cotton bags are another great choice.

Whereas their sturdy construction and cotton will have inevitably taken more resources than a flimsy plastic counterpart to produce, if your loved one only ever uses this one bag again they’ll no doubt be using less plastic, and also helping the environment.

4. Set of Geometric Coasters

Set Geometric Coasters

These bamboo geometric coasters are perfect for plastic-free tableware. In a range of geometric patterns, this set of 4 are hand-cut and made to order from the sellers home workshop. The patterns are even inspired by nature. 

They’d also make excellent bases for vases or small lamps. They come in a wooden box which you can reuse around the house. 


5. Beeswax Wraps

Beeswax Wraps

Plastic-free beeswax wrappers make a fantastic plastic-free gift for the home cook. There’s a large range out there, in all shapes and sizes. They all share a handful of qualities. They easily mould with warm hands to cover fruit, bowls or plates of leftovers. And then you simply wash the wraps after use to reuse them.

They’ll last a long time if you look after them, with each reuse saving you having to reach for the plastic wrap. They also compost without a problem when they do finally reach the end of their useful life because they are made from natural, organic materials.

Further, they’re printable! Which means you can choose one to suit your loved one’s style. 


6. Coconut Bowl Gift SetCoconut bowl plastic free gift set

Does your loved one like to eat outdoors, bbq or enjoy picnics? There’s a decent chance they might still use plastic or paper plates and plastic cutlery. 

None of us wants to risk our best breakable china outdoors. If you have any that is. Regardless organic coconut bowls make great plastic-free gifts. They make these bowls from all-natural materials. Formed from the shells of coconuts which are normally a waste product in themselves, when polished up each one makes for a unique plastic-free gift. 

Further, coconut bowls are great for picnics and the outdoors as the won’t shatter. Sure you still have to take them home and wash them up, but then that’s a lot better than throwing away single-use plastic plates and cutlery. 

Even better, their natural feel helps remind us of nature. And being produced individually from a natural product each one is unique in size shape and colour. And they’re not just about the outdoors either. Perfect for buddha bowls or anything other laden with healthy freshness they’re bound to hit the spot.


7. Mason Jar Herb Kit

mason jar herb kit

We couldn’t pass up including this plastic-free gift idea for the kitchen. A mason glass variant, these tinted mason jars are turned into mini hydroponic planters to grow herbs at home. Place them on the windowsill or somewhere with a little natural light.

Seeds are included making it easy to start growing herbs at home. Save your gift recipient the need from ever having to buy pre-packaged herbs again. What’s more, they look great and will help green up any kitchen. 


8 Presto Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker

Of course, when working towards a zero-waste plastic-free home and kitchen, the less we waste means the less we have to buy.

With a little preparation and effort, we can do so much to preserve food for later use. You can also benefit from preserving by buying fruit and vegetables in season when they are abundant, nicer and cheaper. Pickled veg can last for months. Jams, soups and even whole meals like Vegetable Curries can be preserved in glass jars for a plastic-free larder. 

Whereas many preserves don’t need a pressure cooker, they are essential for anyone wanting to up their food preservation game. The difference here is that the pressure cooker (or canner) not only cooks the food, it also seals the jars at the same time allowing food to last longer. 

With each preserved jar of goodness, you’ll not only be saving money and trips to the supermarket, but you’ll also be saving the packaging and air miles of buying offseason.

There’s plenty of inspiration online talking to what the lucky recipient of a pressure cooker gift might make. Think pretty much anything and everything you might buy from the supermarket in a jar or can. You might like to accompany their gift with Kerry Michael’s book: Modern Pressure Canning

9. Planted by Chantelle Nicholson

Planted by Chantelle Nicholson
Photo Credit: Chantelle Nicholson

Alongside our fight to help reduce the amount of plastic that we waste, we care about climate change. They share a number of links, less plastic requires less energy, which requires burning fewer fossil fuels. Further our wider lifestyles are contributors to climate change, from driving and flying to fast fashion and unnecessary consumption. 

Science has shown a link between eating animal-derived foods such as meat and dairy and climate change. In fact, studies suggest livestock contributes as much as 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions2Giampiero Grossi, Pietro Goglio, Andrea Vitali, Adrian G Williams, Livestock and climate change: impact of livestock on climate and mitigation strategies, Animal Frontiers, Volume 9, Issue

Therefore there’s a movement towards meat-free diets. And books make excellent (mostly) plastic-free gifts. 

Our pick to not only tick the plastic-free box but also to inspire a more climate-friendly diet is “Planted” by Chantelle Nicholson. Chantelle knows a thing or two about this stuff. She’s presently chef patron at Tredwell, which won the AA’s London restaurant of the year. 

In Planted she shares mouth-watering recipes for seasonal, animal-free eating. And being a book it comes naturally (mostly) plastic-free, you can also gift the kindle version for less packaging and trees used in production.


10. Stainless Steel Food Storage Containers

For a more functional every-day choice gift stainless steel food storage containers to replace their plastic alternatives. They’ll last pretty much forever if you look after them saving money in the long term.

11. Home Composter

Our versatile pick for inside comes from Utopia. It’s smart enough for placing on a benchtop without causing an eyesore, or in a cupboard or larder. The best thing about this stainless steel home compost is that it comes with a washable charcoal filter to prevent odours. 

Once filled with scraps they can easily port the contents outside to a larger compost. And its ability to be easily washed afterwards all help keep things clean and smelling as they should. If your council does collect food waste you can also use it to move food waste to outside bins in time for collection. 

The big win at home, however, is to use home composting to keep your garden nurtured and growing at its best. Food scraps, composted, can make for richer soil to grow vegetable and fruit at home furthering your loved one’s plastic-free mission. The GEOBIN (right) outdoor composter is made from plastic, but from 50% recycled sources and made to last. And we reckon if it saves a bunch of plastic waste elsewhere then it still makes a good choice for this is plastic used right. The alternative is to make home composts from natural wood. 

Smaller items for a plastic-free gift box for home and kitchen.

The below we think all make for worthy plastic-free gift considerations. They might not sparkle and may remind people of chores around the house. Therefore they might not be for everyone. However coupled with another gift or simply for those that might appreciate more practical plastic-free alternatives, they still make for worthwhile plastic-free gift ideas. 

You can mix and match a few to fill out your own plastic-free gift box.

12. Soap Nuts – Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent

Soap nuts for plastic free washing

Soap nuts are nature’s amazing clothes washing miracles. You won’t be alone, nor will your giftee, if you have an under-sink cupboard stacked full of plastic detergent bottles. Soap nuts can help them cut out the plastic waste from clothes washing liquid.

They harvest soap nuts as berries. They’re a sustainable, natural and 100% organic alternative to using chemical-based washing detergent, that almost always comes in plastic bottles. They’re also 100% biodegradable and you can compost them once they’re done with. 

Simple to use, soap nuts just get thrown in the wash in a little bag and off you go. They do a good job of achieving a clean in hot water only, so be mindful of that if you think it might be a problem for your loved one. 


13. Washable Mesh Cotton Bags

They make these organic mesh bags from 100% natural cotton. They can be reused and are easily washable meaning they’ll last for ages. An extremely versatile plastic-free gift, great for everything from storing vegetables at home through to taking along to the bulk food market for everything from nuts through to beans and larger grains. 

They can also use them in the laundry or out and about for sports and so on.


14. Reusable Dishcloths

Reusable dishcloths

Another simple plastic-free gift idea, reusable dishcloths mean you no longer need to keep buying plastic sponges or disposable kitchen cloths wrapped in plastic. They come with a scrim backing for those harder to shift scrubs. 

These cloths are made from natural organic cotton bamboo fibre which is generally considered more environmentally friendly than cotton. Bamboo has a higher yield and uses less water than cotton. 

Even better bamboo is said to have a natural antimicrobial. As such the manufacturers claim they keep smelling nice and repel other nasties, all naturally. Not the most glamorous gift idea we will admit. However, paired with one of the other ideas in this guide or assembled into a collection of plastic-free essentials it might just work. 


15. Bamboo Wooden Dish Scub

Plastic Free Bamboo Dish Sponge

Similarly, if they might need a bit more scrubbing than cloths allows give these organic scourers. Made from the loofah plant, they’re all-natural and compost too. A brilliant way to wash up plastic-free. 


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Sources & References:

1Statista: Share of U.S. consumers who own a single-cup coffee brewing system from 2005 to 2019.
2Giampiero Grossi, Pietro Goglio, Andrea Vitali, Adrian G Williams, Livestock and climate change: impact of livestock on climate and mitigation strategies, Animal Frontiers, Volume 9, Issue 1, January 2019, Pages 69–76, https://doi.org/10.1093/af/vfy034
3Single-use plastic carrier bags charge: data in England for 2017 to 2018. Updated 31 July 2019. UK Government. Department for Environment and Rural Affairs.
4Comparison of Environmental Impact of Plastic, Paper and Cloth Bags. Kirsty Bell and Suzie Cave. Northern Ireland Assembly.
5Household Food and Drink Waste in the United Kingdom 2015, WRAP, UK.
6Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made. Roland Geyer, Jenna R. Jambeck and Kara Lavender Law, Science Advances 19 Jul 2017: Vol. 3, no. 7, e1700782, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700782
7Assessing Plastic Ingestion From Nature to People. WWF, Dalberg and The University of Newcastle, Australia
8Plastics - The Facts 2018. PlasticsEurope. Association of Plastics Manufacturers

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