Gifts That Do Good: Ethical, Eco-Friendly Kitchenware and Food

Gifts That Do Good and Give Back: Kitchen and Food

As the saying goes: the way to the heart is through the stomach. At Good Good Good, we love to explore and play in the kitchen as much as our community — that’s why we have a whole guide dedicated to those who love spending their time in the kitchen.

We’ve selected a range of sustainable, do-gooding brands to help you whip up anything you’d like for you and your loved ones. 

Each product listed was independently curated by the Good Good Good team. Some of the links we include may be affiliate links, which means that Good Good Good may earn a commission at no cost to you. Thanks for your support!

11 Food & Kitchen Themed Gifts That Are Eco-Friendly, Give Back, and Make a Difference

Finex’s Cast Iron Skillet 

8in. $125 | 12in. $195

An overhead photo of a Finex cast iron skillet and lid.

This cast iron skillet from Finex is a sustainable, quality-made skillet for you. Finex is one of the many brands that prioritize their mission for sustainability over mass production, fair wages over profit made, and quality crafting over mindless consumption.

You can find Finex on Made Trade, an online store for ethical and sustainable goods. They've curated a wide variety of responsibly-made goods, from home decor and furniture to clothing, accessories, and gifts from over 150 small brands and makers

If you’re looking to fill up your kitchen with the perfect utensils, look no further than a cast iron skillet that does good and can make a good dish at the same time. 

P.S. Last year we recommended the Always Pan from Our Place — and still do!

If you're looking for a great, easy non-stick pan, Our Place is great.
If you're looking for something versatile and capable of high-temperature cooking but a little bit higher maintenance, go with the cast iron.

Bar 5 Milk + White from Seattle Chocolate  


A box of Bar 5 chocolates, the edges are rainbow-colored: purple, red, yellow, green, and blue.

Technically, you don’t have to eat this in the kitchen but… Bar 5 Milk + White is a bookcase full of milky chocolate bars. The bars come in flavors like mango plantain, sea salt, toffee, sesame, and milk chocolate.

Additionally, these chocolate bars are directly sourced from Peruvian farms so that their profits are going to the people who make them.

Plus, with every purchase made, Seattle Chocolate donates food to a neighbor in need. 

The Cheese Baller by Jasper Hill 


Five types of Jasper Hill Farm cheeses are stacked on a kitchen counter.

Jasper Hill’s ‘The Cheese Baller’ prides itself on being a six pound, hearty amount of cheese for the whole family.

The cheese baller includes cheeses like cabot clothbound cheddar, harbison, bridgman blue, moses sleeper, eligo, oma, highlander, and alpha tolman.

Jasper Hill also aims to produce cheese in a way that supports Vermont’s landscape and their local farmers. 

New York Times Cooking Subscription

$5/month | $40/year

Screenshots of the New York Times Cooking subscription shows on a computer, laptop, iPad, and mobile device.

The New York Times Cooking subscription is a must-have for anyone looking to expand their culinary palate.

The customizable subscription also includes easy-to-follow videos, recipes, and techniques so that you’re spending less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying your delicious meals.

The New York Times provides one of the most affordable cooking subscriptions at just 5 dollars per month or 40 dollars per year. 

Package Free x Future Earth Climate AdvoKit


A stainless steel bowlfilled with reusable items: produce bags, cup with straw, stasher bags, to-go coffee mug, straws, and swedish dish towel.

The Climate AdvoKit from Future Earth and Package Free has everything you could ever want for your kitchen.

The package includes kitchen essentials like steel tumblers, straw brushes, and reusable bamboo utensils.

With each purchase, 10% of the proceeds made goes to The People Concern, a housing and social services organization based in Los Angeles. 



Sodastream collection of two large bottles, machine, CO2 canister, two small bottles, and Bubly flavoring bottle.

SodaStream turns plain water into sparkling water in just a few seconds. Buying one is a fantastic way to cut down on the need to purchase cans or bottles of sparkling water or soda.

SodaStream also has a mission of sustainable production, focusing on making the world more eco-friendly through their ‘Don’t Just Share. Care.’ program. Buy a SodaStream and you can reduce your can waste for years to come. 

We recommend their Fizzi model because it's affordable, works great, and doesn't require any power — though any of their models are honestly solid.

You can also sign up for SodaSense for easy and affordable C02 canister refills in the mail.

The reBoard


Four reBoard cutting boards in four colors: light blue, green, yellow, and rust, leaning against a wall.

The reBoard is a BPA-free cutting board made from recyclable kitchen scraps. You can purchase these boards in a multitude of colors, or purchase them in sets of 3 for just $80.

Half of the proceeds are donated to organizations working towards social and professional development and fighting food insecurity.

World Central Kitchen Donation

Any amount

World Central Kitchen logo: a saucepan that looks like a globe with the words "World Central Kitchen" next to it.

A donation to World Central Kitchen lets you help nourish communities. World Central Kitchen is a nonprofit that works to feed disaster-stricken, hungry communities by helping them cook and providing them with meals.

The company also offers culinary training and helps create jobs for food and economic security. You can make a one-time donation or make recurring monthly donations.

Brooklyn Brew Shop Hot Sauce Kit 


Fermented hot sauce box.

This hot sauce kit from Brooklyn Brew offers fermented hot sauces that come in a range of flavors and spice levels.

The company’s mission is to create more sustainable and accessible fermented-based foods and condiments for customers to enjoy.

They also offer different kits for making your own beer, hard cider, sparkling wine, and more — all for an affordable price. 

Lettuce Grow Farmstand 


A white container with lettuces and greens growing in the top half.

Lettuce Grow Farmstand is a self-watering plant. It requires 95% less water than traditional gardening requires, meaning you only have to help maintain it once a week. In just three weeks, your plant will be ready to harvest for your meals.

Additionally, with every ten purchases made, one farmstand is donated.

Takeya Reusable Water Bottle 


Teal water bottle with black lid.

If you need the perfect water bottle, look no further than Takeya’s insulated water bottles. They're the top-rated water bottle on Wirecutter for their affordable price, perfect size, and spout top.

These Takeya water bottles also have an insulation-lined lid, a range of cool, monochromatic colors, and a protective (removable) silicone bumper to keep your bottle from getting scratched or otherwise damaged.

They're available in a range of colors and sizes, but we recommend the 22oz.

This is the kind of water bottle you can buy once so you never have to buy another again.

Check out more of our gift guides to find ethical products that give back and make a difference → Good Good Good Gift Guides

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