Crockery is usually made of ceramic materials such as earthenware, stoneware, faience, bone china or porcelain. However, they can be made of other materials such as wood, pewter, silver, gold, glass, acrylic and plastic.

As with all things made from the earth's natural resources, crockery should be looked after and used and reused carefully to prolong its life.


You can reduce the need to purchase additional crockery by

  • hiring crockery for events
  • borrow from friends or family
  • purchase pre-loved crockery from a secondhand/charity shop.


If in good condition, donate your pre-loved crockery to a secondhand/charity shop.

Check online for creative craft uses for old mugs, e.g. plant pot, storage pot, lightshade.

Place broken crockery at the bottom of plant-pots to help with drainage.

Have a smashing good time and create individual mosiac art pieces. 

Store old sets of crockery for when teenagers leave home and/or go flatting.


Wrap carefully so there are no sharp edges if disposing in rubbish bag to landfill.