7 Colorful Outdoor Dishes For Summer (That Aren’t Paper Or Plastic)
The Reusable Dishes You Need For Summer Adventures
As we move into summer, you’ll find us soaking up the sun all season long! We’ve got our favorite baskets and blankets to enjoy that warm sunset dinner or summertime lunch. All we need now is outdoor dishes.
While many disposable plates can be recycled or are biodegradable, we prefer to invest in reusable dishes that can be used time and again. These brands offer colorful plates, functional containers, and artisan trays for every kind of outdoor feast. Many are made with renewable bamboo or durable enamel, so they’re sure to last, too, summer after summer!
Best For | Soups, salads, & beverages
Made From | LFGB-certified silicone, BPA- & BPS-free lid, recyclable ring & clasps
Product Range | Bowl, bottle, cup
Price Range | $12–$25
For whenever we’re on the go-go, we turn to Stojo (see what we did there?). One of the leading brands in collapsible drinkware and containers, Stojo uses food-grade silicone and sturdy lids, clasps, and rings to keep things secure. You can pick up a cup, bottle, or our favorite, the Stojo bowl which holds a whopping 36 oz. of food. It’s stackable, collapsible, and available in six different colors—perfect for that summer camping trip!
Best For | Artisan plates & bowls
Made From | Turkish enamel
Product Range | Plates, bowls, baking dishes, mugs & tumblers, jars
Price Range | €11–€34.50
Launched by two sisters in 2015, BORNN is one of our favorites for innovative enamelware. This Turkish brand works with artisans in Istanbul using traditional techniques to create bright and bold dinnerware—from Jackson Pollock-style dishes to marbled trays. BORNN ships its handmade goods internationally, so you can stock up and avoid paper and plastic plates altogether.
3. Fable New York
Best For | Bamboo sets
Made From | Bamboo, non-GMO corn, BPA-free melamine
Product Range | Sets of bowls, plates, & tumblers, four-piece & 16-piece sets
Price Range | $32–$148
Fable New York leverages the fastest growing plant in the world—bamboo—for all of its sustainable dinnerware. Rather than plastic cups and plates, the brand offers reusable four-piece and 16-piece sets in soft pastel hues. And as they are dishwasher-safe, they are ideal for no-mess picnics. Sustainable, safe, and simple!
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Best For | Artisan-made trays & plates
Made From | Lead-free Turkish enamel
Product Range | Plates, bowls, serving & meze plates, mugs & tumblers, jars, pans
Price Range | €7.50–€35
From the beach to the backyard, we absolutely adore Kapka’s enamel dishes, trays, and plates. Each one is individually handmade by artisans using sturdy enamel and non-toxic paints, so it’s 100 percent recyclable and safe for the whole family. There are gorgeous vintage, floral, and colorful collections for everyone’s style. Best of all, worldwide shipping is available.
Best For | Child-friendly sets
Made From | Natural & recycled bamboo, melamine binder
Product Range | Plates, bowls, cups, trays, utensils, sets
Price Range | $23–$70
France-based Ekobo is our go-to for family friendly, affordable, and sustainable dishes and plates. Ekobo transforms renewable bamboo into beautifully functional pieces, like appetizer serving sets, baby feeding sets, and recycled bamboo picnic sets. So whatever you need for your outdoor feasts, you’ll find it here. The pieces are so stunning, they may replace our regular kitchenware…
Best For | Camping mugs
Made From | Varies by ceramicist or artisan
Product Range | Plates, bowls, trays, mugs & tumblers, spoon rests, sets
Price Range | $7–$220
Favor is an online marketplace bringing together artisan designs and goods from all over the globe, from jewelry to home decor to dinnerware. Its curated collection of tableware is expansive and includes everything from camping mugs to whimsical bamboo sets for kids. It’s our one-stop shop for every kind of outdoor occasion because we’re definitely in favor of long-lasting dishes. Shipping currently available to the contiguous US and Canada.
Best For | Vintage plates
Made From | Varies
Product Range | Plates, bowls, trays, cups, mugs & tumblers, utensils, sets
Price Range | Varies
For OG enamel dishes, Etsy has sustainable and vintage styles galore. We’re big fans of the quirky designs, affordable pricing, and full set options, like this multi-color set from No Need For New or the perfectly nostalgic dishes from Check Engine Vintage. Keep in mind that most vintage vendors only stock one or two sets at a time, so act quickly if you’re interested! As a certified B Corp, Etsy offers carbon-neutral shipping, even on global orders.
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