Easier than ever to cook in a health and environmentally friendly way and give the kitchen a modern look. We show sustainable kitchen helpers that make this possible
Author: Julia Schindler
Whether you are a passionate professional, hobby cook or kitchen rookie: Cooking belongs in everyday life. As a passion, hobby, leisure activity with friends and family and only as a duty. Especially in view of the Corona crisis, which meanwhile visits to restaurants almost feel like a utopia. The consequence: we conjure up delicacies ourselves - sometimes more and sometimes less successfully. While selected products like Organic delicatessen are already part of the recipe for success, sustainable kitchen helpers facilitate the preparation of a wide variety of dishes Recipes, simplify everyday life and give the kitchen by the way a stylish upgrade.
This is what sustainable kitchen helpers are all about
Particularly important for sustainable kitchen helpers: functionality and performance, quality and durability as well as pioneering design. More and more companies are therefore committed to cooperation with professionals, the selection of robust materials and the filigree development of details. This creates products that are considered to be of particularly high quality and therefore durable.
There is no question that longevity is closely linked to the idea of sustainability, as it prevents excessive consumption and waste production. Nevertheless: It is also important to look at the entire value chain in order to make environmentally friendly decisions. In terms of the circular economy, gadgets that are made of recyclable or natural materials are therefore preferable.
As kitchen gadgets come into direct contact with them and therefore with our body for the preparation of our food, special care must be taken when selecting them. So they affect not only the cooking experience, but also health. To protect the body from the absorption of toxins, it is important to avoid products that contain chemical pollutants.
Two kitchen classics with serious consequences: BPA and Teflon
For example, the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), which is classified as highly toxic, is often used for the production of Tupperware. Since it is contained in almost all plastic products, it is important to always check storage boxes and other containers made of plastic or plastics. Also found in almost every kitchen and yet classified as questionable: pans with Teflon coating (PTFE). The heavy use and heating of Teflon cause toxins to escape. These are absorbed directly into the body by eating the prepared dish.
Sustainable kitchen helpers as an alternative
As is so often the case, questionable products can be avoided by choosing high-quality and sustainable alternatives. These include pans with a stainless steel, ceramic or cast iron coating, kitchen gadgets made from certified natural materials or innovative alternatives for the manufacture of dishes.
We show which sustainable kitchen gadgets meet these requirements and combine sustainability, functionality and design.
Top sustainable kitchen gadgets - practical, stylish, high quality
- De Buyer - B Bois Mineral B Element iron pan
- MEPAL - Lunchpot Ellipse
- KPM Berlin - To-Go mug KURLAND
- Berndes - Induction cooking pot
- Quooker - the tap that can do everything
- KitchenAid - food processor
- OTHERWARE: The Pebble
1. De Buyer - B Bois Mineral B Element iron pan (from 40 euros)
Originally found the frying pans from the traditional French company Be Buyer primarily used in professional gastronomy - including Michelin-starred hotels. For some time now, however, they have also been an integral part of the kitchen inventory of many amateur cooks. And rightly so: The B Bois line is characterized by its PEFC-certified handle made of beech wood. This way the handle does not heat up and the pan is easier to handle. Since beeswax is also used as a natural anti-oxidant and protective coating, the iron pan is 100% PTFE-free and therefore environmentally and health-friendly.
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2. MEPAL - Lunchpot Ellipse (14,99 euros)
While Tupperware is sustainable anyway, as food is stored longer and therefore not thrown away, stands out MEPAL emerged. Especially with the lunch pot Ellipse, which makes everyday life easier. The practical transport option consists of two separate containers in which food can be stored separately from each other. Yoghurt and muesli, for example, can be transported 100% leak-proof. Without the muesli losing its crunch. Practically!
And responsibly: MEPAL publicly positions itself both sustainably and socially. Be it short transport routes and our own production chains, the certified renunciation of BPA, the use of recycled plastic or the support of employees. The company operates under the premise of producing environmentally and people-friendly. Insider knowledge: Even if something breaks, MEPAL offers spare parts. Longevity? Check!
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3. KPM Berlin - To-Go mug KURLAND (from 59 euros)
Handcrafted luxury in a stylish design. This is what the stands for Royal Porcelain Manufactory Berlin for 250 years. And in doing so, manages to always remain relevant in the balancing act between tradition and the challenges of modern table culture. Innovative trends are created here with tried and tested know-how. However, this is not just about implementing design trends. Socially relevant developments, such as the growing demand for sustainable goods, are also answered by KPM. For example, energy cycles are closed and timeless collections that can be supplemented with new items every year are produced.
On the ravages of time and a kitchen helper that nobody should be without: KPM's To-Go mug in the legendary KURLAND design. The sustainable everyday companion is an environmentally friendly lifestyle statement. Whether on the bike, in a café or at work - the cup takes the place of single-use alternatives, reducing waste and promoting the respectful use of resources. Handmade from porcelain, it is not only a stylish it-piece, but also impresses with its durability and its capacity of 0.35 liters - ideal for coffee, tea, juices or smoothies.
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4. Berndes - induction pot made of recycled aluminum (from 84,95 euros)
The German company produces to make consumers aware of the conscious use of resources Berndes sustainable cookware made from recycled beverage cans. The so-called secondary aluminum is not only sustainable, but also comfortable and safe to use, as the lid is made of unbreakable glass. In addition, the induction-capable sustainable kitchen helper scores with its functionality. The b.nature quartz seal on the pot is aroma-neutral, so that individually created worlds of taste are not adulterated.
In addition to the practical advantages, the saucepan is characterized by its modern design. Matt black optics and glass lids reflect minimalist trends in furnishings.
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5. Quooker - the tap that can do everything (from 1120 euros)
Boiling, chilled, sparkling or still water - no problem with that Quooker, a boiling water tap. At first it is hard to believe that something so luxurious can be sustainable. But it is. In contrast to conventional kettles, the Quooker allows you to draw exactly the amount of boiling water that is required. That means energy savings.
The Quooker Cube Update also reduces the consumption of plastic. If the sparkling water comes straight from the tap, trips to the beverage market and the consumption of plastic bottles become unnecessary. Also possible: fill the water directly into glass bottles on the go. And always exactly as much as is really needed.
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6. KitchenAid - kitchen machine (from 499 euros)
Even if the cult brand does not officially position itself as sustainable, quality and longevity serve as engines of sustainability here. All appliances from the kitchen helper giant KitchenAid are conceived, designed and developed together with professional chefs. Based on this expertise, the products combine professional performance, quality craftsmanship and pioneering design.
Whether kneading or stirring - the kitchen machine from KitchenAid is the trend device of the kitchen cosmos and leads to high-quality results with little effort. Made of sturdy iron, the machine is not only powerful, but also built to last. So it is an investment for future generations.
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7. OTHERWARE - The Pebble (55 euros)
In cooperation with Pharrell Williams creative collective i at the OTHER has the design studio Pentatonic, which produces products in the sense of the circular economy, made a statement against one-way plastic: The Pebble. It is a portable cutlery set made from recycled CDs. Consisting of a knife, a fork, a spoon, a straw and chopsticks, plastic cutlery On-The-Go - for the morning juice or during a quick power lunch in the park - can be avoided.
The soft box in which the plastic is stowed can be easily transported in a bag and attached to bag hangers or zippers with a clip hanger. Since it is always ready for use, it scores not only because it does not use plastic, but also because of the high level of hygiene, which is of great social relevance, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bottom line: Good for your health & zero waste - a really clever kitchen helper.
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