“My beautiful Hokan bowls are as aesthetic as they are eco”

These sculptural, stackable stoneware containers go from oven to table to fridge

Hokan bowls can be used to serve food as well as store it
Hokan bowls can be used to serve food as well as store it

I’ve been trying to cut down on plastic. It’s an ongoing battle and one of the best – and best-looking – solutions I have found are these stylish ceramic alternatives to Tupperware containers. My beautiful blue Hokan bowls (£70 for a set of three) are as aesthetic as they are eco and perfect for putting leftovers in the fridge. I no longer need to hide the inside of it in shame. I use these multipurpose bowls for storing food, but the durable stoneware means they can also be used for oven cooking and they look good enough for serving too.

The bowls are now available in four new colours
The bowls are now available in four new colours
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Rather surprisingly, these neat lidded bowls are the work of a British filmmaker Alistair Donald, whose father is the groundbreaking jeweller and goldsmith John Donald. It was Donald’s personal pursuit of a zero-waste, “no-plastic” lifestyle, as well as the precarious leaning towers of bowls and saucers in his fridge, that were the inspiration for Hokan, which means “safekeeping” in Japanese. The bowls have his mantra of “conscientious cooking and efficient living” at their core, and are stackable and space saving.

Everything from Middle Eastern-style meze to individual fruit crumbles can be served in the bowls
Everything from Middle Eastern-style meze to individual fruit crumbles can be served in the bowls
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I have a growing collection of the bowls (£18-£28 each), which come in three sizes: 400ml, 600ml and 1 litre. They are available in the original Cobalt Blue, as well as four new colours: a minimalist Pitch Black, useful Antique White, deco Sea Green and lovely Lemon Yellow. Importantly, food looks good in them and I use them to serve up everything from Middle Eastern-style meze to individual fruit crumbles. And they are sacrosanct to leftovers. Now when I open my fridge, the contents is pleasingly sculptural and exotically blue.

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