Use Biodegradable Tableware
The easiest way to move toward going green with your picnic is to avoid disposable eating utensils and tableware made from plastic or Styrofoam. Recycled or biodegradable paper dinnerware is one solution, or perhaps you might want to use unbreakable dinnerware for your outdoor meals. You can take along regular flatware or look for some biodegradable corn, sugar cane, or bamboo utensils.
You might want to consider getting a set of Tervis® Tumblers for your next barbeque or picnic. These insulated, unbreakable tumblers are made to last a lifetime and keep hot beverages hot and cold drinks cold. Another fun choice might be to take along a Thermos® or canteen. If you choose to take soft drinks with you, take cans rather than bottles because aluminum is more easily and usefully recycled. If you do take a bottle of your favorite beverage, either recycle it or find a way to reuse it.
Packing It Up
You will need a way to transport the contents of your picnic. Reusable insulated coolers, cloth carry-all bags, or large wicker baskets are good choices depending upon your party theme. For example, if you want to create an old-fashioned picnic, use a vintage basket. Don’t forget to take along picnic table linens.
To create a really “green” meal, consider buying fresh, organic goods. Locally grown food, whether organic or not, helps the environment, since it takes less fuel to transport the products to the market. Try to pack food such as finger sandwiches, fruit, and salad greens. Think about including some whole produce such as apples, grapes, tomatoes, watermelons and other similar treats that do not require additional packaging to stay fresh. Remember, think reuse and recycle as you pack up your meal. To do this, use recyclable foil or reusable plastic containers instead of the disposable alternatives.
If you are planning to cook out, try using an electric or gas grill. If you choose charcoal, apply petroleum-free starter fluid or usa a chimney starter to avoid the smelly smoke. Ethanol-based fluid is 99 percent petroleum-free, odorless, and it burns hotter than standard fluids.
Clean up with washable cloths, or use unbleached, 100-percent recycled paper towels. Always throw your refuse away, or take it with you if appropriate waste containers aren’t available. Whether you are looking to fill a few hours on a summer afternoon or planning an all-day outdoor adventure, a green picnic is environmentally friendly. Since you’re out enjoying nature, you can feel good about helping to protect it!
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