Planning the perfect sustainable picnic
Planning a picnic? With Love Parks week coming up (28 July to 6 August) we figured you might just be. And if you are - why not make it as sustainable as possible?
Forget single-use cutlery, plastic food bags and disposable plates that will end up in landfill, and opt for one of these tried and tested eco-friendly alternatives, so you can pack a picnic knowing you’re doing your bit for the planet.
It’s the middle of summer and we’re hitting peak picnic. Whether it’s a trip to the beach or the park, sneaking out between August showers, the joys of delicious food in the great outdoors are perhaps now even greater than ever.
BYOB (bring your own bag):
Start your sustainable picnic at the till by bringing a reusable bag when you shop - and keeping one with you means you can always take advantage of an impromptu picnic opportunity. You might want to pack an extra bag to carry away anything you need to recycle back home.
Transport food in jars or containers
If you can’t wrap it, your goodies will look great in a lovely jar, but even a reusable container will do the job nicely!
It's all in the prep
It’s tempting to go with off-the-shelf snacks that are pre-packaged and easy. But your wallet and the planet will thank you if you prepare everything you can from scratch at home. Reduce packaging and waste by only preparing what you need. If you’re running short of time, bring a container to a deli and they will hopefully be able to fill it for you without the need for packaging.
Don’t be clingy
Cling film is generally not recyclable or reusable, so will only add to the carbon footprint of your picnic. If you want to try them out, we've got beeswax wraps, which are plastic-free, long lasting and eventually biodegradable. Alternatively, try saving old food packaging and re-use them for future trips.