Whether you're cooking for yourself or your whole family, you want to have the best tools for the job. Maybe you're not familiar with the difference between eco-friendly cooking utensils and whatever you can find on the market that's on sale, but it's definitely worth looking into. Not only can mainstream plastics pose a risk to liver and thyroid health, but they also might not perform as well as their bamboo counterparts. Plus, when you make the switch, you're choosing a healthier option not just for your family, but the planet, too. And since we all live here, we might as well take care of it in support of the best life possible.
To make this change as easy as possible for you, we've rounded up the 8 best healthier cooking utensils — that also happen to be eco-friendly — so that all you have to do is click and shop. We know your family – and the planet – will thank you.
This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.
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Some studies have shown that plastic utensils can potentially cause issues with your thyroid via endocrine disruptors, but they also break down quickly. This means that not only can particles of the plastic material get into your food (and bloodstream, in the form of microplastics), but you may need to replace your plastic items more frequently. To learn more about how plastics can sneak into your body virtually undetected, read more about microplastics and how they may impact your health.
Wood utensils are also more antibacterial than man-made objects, so you'll have to worry less about both micro-organisms and microplastics, and they're less likely to scratch your nonstick surfaces like metal utensils might.
Grove members have mentioned that our eco-friendly cooking tools are durable yet gentle on food (and the hands that wield them), so you can prep dinner without breaking a sweat — knowing you've invested in products that will go the distance. Just be sure to follow the basics of maintaining wooden utensils:
Use them just the same as you would any other spoon or spatula! However, as mentioned above, we recommend hand-washing them whenever possible to maintain their efficacy and lifespan. The combined water pressure and harsher soaps in the dishwasher won't play nice with this more porous wood. You'll also want to avoid soaking them in water for any significant amount of time, as bamboo is more absorbent than other materials.
If they get dry or brittle, it's also recommended to bring them back to life with mineral oils whenever needed. Sure, it's slightly more work than other utensils, but the health benefits and eco-friendly nature of this choice will be so worth it – trust!
At Grove, we take the guesswork out of which products are good for you and your home. Every product meets strict standards for being nontoxic, effective, sustainable, and cruelty-free. Once you find products you love, we ship to your home on a flexible, monthly schedule.
If you're ready to make the transition to natural cleaning, beauty, and household products, shop Grove Collaborative's natural products for the eco-friendly tools to tackle the job.