This past weekend I was putting off all the things I actually have to do: pay bills, do the laundry, and vacuum the rug that is like velcro for dog hair. Instead of being a responsible grown-up, I was flipping through my pile of catalogs (although, perhaps this counts as cleaning?).
In any case, during my "cleaning," I came across a spread in the West Elm catalog that caught my eye. Then I noticed that the collection was a collaboration with Whole Foods Market and The New Denim Project, a Guatemalan textile group that upcycles denim scraps into clothing, tote bags, sneakers, bedding — and kitchen linens.
Zero waste is definitely an idea I can get behind, plus $1 of the purchase price of every item goes to the Whole Planet Foundation, a nonprofit founded by Whole Foods to help alleviate poverty. Not to mention, this stuff is really cute.
There are placemats and napkins and a runner for the table, plus dish towels, oven mitts, and a striped apron.
I'm really loving everything in the collection, but my top pick is this pot holder. I've been looking for something that's sweet, but not too precious; something that would look good, but also protect my hands from the hot-hot handle of my cast iron pan.
At $16 each, they're a little spendier than I'd like, but they're definitely the nicest ones I've spotted — and my purchase is supporting organizations I can feel good about.