Tips on Having an Eco-Friendly Picnic
Summer is here, and what this means is a lot of fun in the sun! But when you’re outdoors, you’re one with nature, so you have to take the necessary steps to be environmentally responsible and conscious of everything you do. For all you snackers out there, let’s take a look at a few tips you can use in planning an eco-friendly picnic.
Stay close to home
It’s nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and actually somewhere that feels like an escape, but the long car rides involved with getting to some of these places on your shortlist requires a lot of gas, which pollutes the air and is bad for the environment. Have this in the back of your mind where you’re picking a place from your options. Beautiful scenic places don’t necessarily have to be far away! If you want to take it a step further, pick a place that you can go to by bike or public transportation!
Ditch disposables, use reusables
Picnics usually generate quite a bit of waste. For the sake of convenience, people usually pack disposables: containers, plates, cutlery, napkins. This doesn’t have to be the norm though! We’ve stressed the importance of using reusables before. In fact, there’s a lot of reusable options out there for food storage and outdoor dining needs, so there’s no real reason why packing containers and utensils would be any less convenient!
As we already said, if you must bring utensils, always go for reusable options. But here’s another idea: why not ditch the need for utensils altogether? Make small finger foods that can be shared easily without everyone needing their own fork. Who wants to lug around that extra few pounds of cutlery anyway?
Use local, organic ingredients
Organic food is more sustainable, good for the environment and its lack of additives also makes it great for your health! Furthermore, having these organic ingredients be local gives it that extra bit of freshness and also creates less waste as it doesn’t require shipping and packaging and packing material to get to you. Care for yourself while caring for the environment? That’s a no-brainer!
Prepare for nature, but go natural
Going outdoors means interacting with nature and all it has to offer. Sometimes this means your body needs protection from certain things. Most of us probably need to use sunscreen and insect repellent (if you’re anything like me, you’re gonna need a lot of these!). A lot of commercially available sunscreens and insect repellents, however, contain chemicals that are not only harmful to you, but also to the environment. If chemical residues from these products end up in our waterways, it would be dangerous to wildlife. So do some research and find products that contain natural non-harmful ingredients, and make a habit of reading product labels to see what you’re getting.
Clean up after yourself
Go out, have fun, but remember that every time you’re out in nature, you’re in some other animal’s habitat. So when you leave, be a responsible guest and take all your trash with you. No one wants someone else’s trash in their home!