Eco-Friendly Dinnerware That Looks Good and Is Good for You

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If you're eager to embrace a greener lifestyle, there are more ways than ever to bring that ethos into your home. You can make sweeping changes with eco-friendly products like furniture — that are made with sustainable materials and/or are manufactured using environmentally friendly practices — or finishes, such as flooring or low- or no-VOC paint.

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Even if you're starting small and looking for ideas that are less costly, there are several easy-to-implement changes you can make today: eco-friendly shower curtains, towels, sheets, and even dinnerware. That's right. You might not realize it, but many glazes that are placed on dishes contain lead and other toxic materials, which can be absorbed by food. Yuck!

Check out these eight dinnerware sets that look good and are good for you.

1. Our Place Main Plates (set of 4), $50

You may be familiar with Our Place for their popular all-in-one Always Pan that boasts "no PFOAs, PTFEs, other PFAs, lead, cadmium, toxic metals, and nanoparticles." They bring that same healthy goodness to their organic eco-friendly dinnerware: It's sustainably made from recycled and virgin porcelain ceramic and is available in three chic mix-and-match colors that come in sets of four. Even the packaging is 100 percent recyclable and biodegradable. Hooray!

2. Fable New York Fable Colorful Bamboo Dinnerware, $32 - $48

Bamboo is one of the most renewable and fastest-growing plants — its sustainability has been mined for use in everything from flooring to towels. This eco-friendly dinnerware from Fable New York comes in a range of cheerful colorways and every dish is crafted from bamboo fiber and non-GMO corn starch (translation: super sustainable). A touch of BPA-free melamine enhances durability.

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3. Xenia Taler Mixed 2 Side and 2 Dinner Plate Set, $44

And speaking of bamboo ... Xenia Taler's fun tableware collection is made out of the eco-friendly material, and comes in several colors and patterns that can easily be paired together. This dinnerware set, complete with two side plates and two dinner plates, is just begging to be the center of attention at an '80s-inspired dinner soiree.

4. Zak Designs Confetti Melamine Dinnerware (12-piece set), $54.99

These melamine plates from Zak Designs are BPA-free and are available in a variety of chic shades from blush to teal — we're partial to this au courant terrazzo-inspired version.

5. Sheldon Ceramics Farmhouse Dinner Set, $142

Set your table with timeless farmhouse eco-friendly dinnerware by Sheldon Ceramics for enduring style. All glazes are formulated and mixed from scratch in the studio and contain non-toxic, all-natural, food-safe materials.

6. 1220 Ceramics Studio Rustic Pottery Stoneware Dinnerware in White and Black (3-piece set), $95

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This eco-friendly dinnerware set by 1220 Ceramics Studio features clean lines and a slim profile, making it equally suitable for modern and rustic tablescapes. All glazes are lead-free and food-safe.

7. Convivial Minimal Dinnerware in Sand (set of 4), $106

Classic white dinnerware with an eco-friendly twist: This set from Convivial — part of West Elm's LOCAL initiative to help support small businesses — is cast using traditional ceramic techniques, and is cleaned, glazed, and inspected all by hand.

8. Miniware Little Foodie, $60

If you're looking to elevate your children's dinnerware game, Miniware's modern plant-based, biodegradable, and petroleum-free dishes will please even the most discerning aesthete. Added bonus: They come with detachable suctions, are dishwasher safe, and compostable.

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Jaclyn Schatzow is a freelance writer living in Santa Monica, CA

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