Good Wood


by guest blogger Nicole Cherie Jones, associate product editor at Rodale’s

Wood is showing up everywhere at the moment: jewelry, toys, tabletops, and barware. I even saw a wooden tie recently! To stay on trend, here are some earth-friendly finds that are as beautiful as they are useful (think hip, not hippie).

Tropical Tree Salad Bowl


This thick and sturdy bowl will add plenty of natural charm to your table as a serving bowl or centerpiece. It’s made of responsibly sourced mango wood, cut from trees past their fruit-bearing age.

Chunky Wooden Shape Puzzle


This hands-on puzzle is made from certified ethically sourced wood and recycled paper with kid-friendly—and earth-friendly—vegetable-based inks. Bonus: The package doubles as an on-the-go carrier.

Chef’s Knives Set


Produced in the French Alps with beechwood sourced from local forestry operations, these knives feature durable stainless steel blades. The set includes the essentials: a chef’s knife, a bread knife, and a carving knife.

Teak Salt and Pepper Holder


Think of this as a rustic alternative to the typical salt-and-pepper shaker—perfect for coarse sea salt crystals and cracked pepper. It’s made from upcycled teakwood (one of the world’s most endangered woods along with mahogany) pieces left behind by the logging industry.

Oxford Nesting Basket Set


These beautiful baskets are made of ash—a wood that’s as strong as oak but more flexible and less dense. The ash is sustainably harvested from Pennsylvania’s 2.2 million acres of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)–certified forests.

Find even more sustainably sourced wood products at Rodale’s!

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