Your closet is brimming with fashionable peace silk and bamboo, organic cotton pillows adorn your abode and your makeup bag is stocked with the best eco beauty buys—so why is your kitchen so sadly ungreen? It doesn’t have to be that way. From eco-friendly cookware to chic, sustainable aprons and towels, we’ve got the green-kitchen confidential and we’re ready to dish.

First off, ditch the non-stick. Teflon cookware omits toxic particles and gasses, linked to countless human health illnesses. Aluminum cookware has raised health concerns due to its effect on the human nervous system and is linked to Alzheimer’s Disease. Steer clear!

But why mess with toxic when there are so many other flavas to choose from? If classic lines fit your style, check out the oh-so-gorgeous stainless steel sautés and stockpots by 360 Cookware. Designed with major energy efficiency in mind, each nontoxic style uses Vapor® technology which heats food quicker, at lower temperatures and without the need to add extra oil. And if that’s not enough, 360 Cookware’s Wisconsin-based manufacturing plant uses renewable wind energy to power its machines and consumes half the energy of a typical plant its size.

If clean and colorful is your M.O., be sure to browse the luxe-looking styles of Green Cooking Pots. Made of enameled cast iron, these brightly hued, nontoxic beauties heat food evenly at lower temperatures and will last a lifetime. If you’re looking for something beyond basic skillets and Dutch ovens, Green Pots also has specialty style pots, including an adorable apple and a perfect pumpkin.

And don’t forget to keep those pretty green eco-chic clothes clean while things are heating up in the kitchen. Style-savvy textile-maker MÜKitchen has introduced an eco line that just can’t be beat. Function and sustainability with a dash of style is what MÜBamboo is all about. The line’s durable, biodegradable and pesticide-free aprons are simple and chic, while its dishcloths and towels come in such gorgeous colors—Lime, Aqua and Violet among them—even the drabbest of kitchens will get an instant boost.

Now if we could only find the time to cook!

Take 10% off purchases at 360 Cookware with code “ECO360” at checkout.

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—Deana Bracken

Deana Bracken is Founder and CEO of Green with Glamour, an online eco-boutique for fashion, home furnishings and gifts that she launched in 2007. Deana gave up a career in television production to focus on promoting the concept of environmentally-sound living that doesn’t sacrifice style. A trusted and knowledgeable resource for celebrity clients and top magazines, Deana and/or GwG have recently been seen in Vogue, Plenty, Lucky, Domino, Real Simple, O at Home and more. In her spare time (ha!), Deana takes on eco interior design projects in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago and is lead writer of Green with Glamour’s lifestyle blog, Living GwG. Deana and her eco-friendly Los Angeles home were also recently profiled on HGTV’s chicest show, “Small Space, Big Style” and she spent last season as off-camera designer for HGTV’s “Spice Up My Kitchen.”

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