Dishes & Toxins

A question I get asked most on social media when people see photos I’ve posted of meals is, “Where did you get those dishes?” I always chuckle, because I LOVE my dishes so I love talking about them.

A few years ago, I read a book called Slow Death by a Rubber Duck. The authors mentioned that some dishes can contain lead in the paint and glaze. Although I never tested my Pottery Barn dishes using something like this I did notice that a good amount of glaze had chipped off of the dishes especially at the bottom of the bowls. I am betting there wasn’t lead in those chips, but I am also betting that it’s not good to eat either. Someone, mostly myself or my family, had eaten those tiny chips as they came off. One small chip of glaze probably won’t have much affect on my health, but that’s the thing. We ignore all these small toxins entering our body, and we don’t realize how quickly and massively the total amount of toxins entering are body has become. This is when I began researching other options.

Choosing Wood

After researching different options, I settled on wood. I loved the way it looked, and I knew I could find a safe option of wood dishes. Not all wood dishes are safe. Actually, most are not. Most wood dishes on the market are stained with chemicals and then sealed with chemicals. I wanted to find unstained and unsealed wood dishes. This is what I found.

Where I Bought My Dishes

I finally found wood dishes that were not stained and had only been sealed using a beeswax sealant on the Palumba website. They’re handmade in the USA by a company called Camden Rose. You can find some of their products on Amazon, but Palumba has the best variety that I’ve found.

It was too expensive for me to replace all of our dishes at once so I first bought the children these 10″ plates and these 6″ bowls. I was excited for my children to have non-breakable and non-plastic dishes. It was also a good test for me to see if I’d really like the wood. I fell in love with it immediately so I saved up money to replace all my dishes. Last summer, I finally bit the bullet and replaced all of our bowls and plates. I got six more 10″ plates (for a total of 8 plates), eight 7″ bowls, and four more of the 6″ bowls (for a total of 6 small bowls). I think the total was around $300-400.


The dishes do need to be hand washed, but it isn’t hard to do at all. As long as you rinse them off immediately after a meal, the food rinses off very easily. I use soap and bristle brush. If food does get stuck, you can soak them, but only do it for a few minutes. I made the mistake of forgetting a plate that I had left soaking. It ended up warping it. Then I set them on the counter and let them dry. Easy as that!

They also have to be re-sealed about every 5-6 months if you use them on a daily basis. I make a beeswax and olive oil sealant (which I’ll blog about soon) that once every 6 months my daughter and I sit down to rub the wax on and then buff them. They look beautiful afterwards!

Overall, I am so happy with switching to wood dishes. I have only had 1 dish break and that was in the gigantic jaws of our old english mastiff. My daughter left her bowl outside after she had eaten her snack in it. Our mastiff thought it looked like a good chew toy.

My conscious is clear knowing that my family is daily eating off of safe, toxic-free dishes. I also love that when we are done with the dishes (hopefully, many years from now) I can put them in the compost pile. I also love how “warm” meals feel in the wood dishes. It’s hard to explain unless you’ve experienced it. But wood feels so home-like and old fashion. Meals look beautiful in them and guests love eating off of them.

3 Responses to “Why I Switched to Wood Dishes”

  1. This is awesome! Those wood dishes look beautiful and I’m defiantly inspired to switch our dishes. All my plates and bowels have been disappearing anyway :) your blog is beautiful and inspiring to me! My husband and I have 3 boys and want to have a little farmstead of our own here in western Wa.

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