5 Eco-Friendly Picnic Essentials

If you enjoy picnicking in the great outdoors, reveling in the beauty of nature as you take your repast, then you have a vested interest in seeing that the environment remains healthy and clean. And what better way to play your part than by ensuring that every portion of your picnicking experience is a little greener? You might be surprised by just how much damage you could be doing, unwittingly, through the food you eat and the blanket you spread on the grass. So here are a few eco-friendly tips and tricks that will help you to greenify your picnic so as to ensure that you can continue to enjoy outdoor eating for all of your tomorrows.

  1. Food. It’s not as hard as you might imagine to go eco-friendly where your food is concerned. And the best part is that you can do some good for your own health even as you help to heal the planet. By choosing organic options you are using your consumer dollars to vote for food that is grown free of toxic chemicals like fertilizers and pesticides and raised without harmful hormones and antibiotics. This is not only good for the Earth, but also for your body. If you want to take your efforts even a step further, though, consider growing your own organic fruits and veggies or visiting a farmer’s market for fresh produce. This will help to cut down on the packaging and shipping that most foods at your market undergo.
  2. Dishware and utensils. Nobody wants to bring their ceramic plates and silverware along on a picnic, but neither do you want to use disposable paper and plastic products if you’re trying to cut your carbon footprint. Luckily, there are a couple of different options that you may find more appealing. For one thing, you might pick up some reusable dishware made from bamboo. This sustainable plant is drought-resistant and can grow to full height in 3-5 years (unlike the trees cut down to make paper plates). But you might also look for options made from recycled plastic, like the products offered by Preserve (www.preserveproducts.com). Not only are these plates, bowls, cups, and utensils made from recycled plastics, but are themselves durable enough to be reused. They’re even dishwasher safe!
  3. Transportation. Getting to some of your favorite natural spots could require a bit of a drive, and a true greenie doesn’t want to create any more carbon emissions than necessary. So if you must go a fair distance for your picnic, at least take the most fuel-efficient vehicle. However, you might also consider staying closer to home so that you can use public transportation, a bicycle, or even your own two feet to reach your destination with less impact.
  4. Entertainment. Whether your idea of fun entails tossing around the old pigskin or reading a book in the grass, there is a more eco-friendly way to go about it. A tablet can help to reduce the impact of your literary pursuits by providing you with a paper-free library. And as for sporting goods, look for those made with recycled or sustainable materials or simply go to your local Play It Again Sports-type store for gently used products.
  5. Seating. Whether you prefer picnic blankets or folding chairs, make sure to use sustainably-made products, preferably those with organic textiles or parts made from recycled products. This way you can lounge in comfort, enjoying the outdoors and peace of mind.

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