How to Picnic Without the Waste
Picnics are a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors, spend quality time with loved ones, and indulge in delicious food. However, traditional picnics often generate a significant amount of waste, from single-use plastic bags and disposable cutlery to paper napkins and plastic water bottles.
The good news is that it's entirely possible to enjoy a waste-free picnic by making a few simple changes....
Use Reusable Picnic Gear
Invest in reusable picnic essentials such as stainless steel or bamboo cutlery, plates, and cups. Pack cloth napkins instead of disposable paper ones. Metal lunch boxes are a versatile and stylish option for waste-free picnicking. Stainless steel lunch boxes and food storage containers are an eco-friendly and sustainable alternative to their plastic counterparts. Unlike plastic containers, stainless steel lunch boxes are free from harmful chemicals such as BPA, phthalates, and lead. They keep your food safe and prevent any leaching of toxins. Metal lunch boxes, such as ours, have secure lids that prevent leaks and spills. This feature is particularly useful when packing liquids or saucy dishes. These reusable items can be easily washed and used for future picnics, helping to minimise waste.
Opt for Sustainable Food Storage
Choose reusable containers or silicone food bags to store and transport your picnic food. Avoid single-use plastic bags, cling wrap, or aluminium foil. Durable containers can keep your food fresh, prevent spills, and reduce the need for disposable packaging. Stainless steel food storage containers come in various sizes and shapes, making them convenient for packing in your picnic bag. From sandwiches and salads to desserts and fruits, stainless steel food storage containers can accommodate a wide range of picnic foods. They keep your meals intact and prevent squishing or damage during transport.
An additional alternative to transport your picnic food is to use beeswax wraps, which are reusable and biodegradable. They can be used to wrap your sandwiches and containers.
Carrying Dips and Sauces:
Instead of using disposable plastic containers or single-use packets, use silicone food bags or our stainless steel mini pots to carry dips and sauces for your picnic. Fill the pots with your favourite condiments such as hummus, salsa, or salad dressings. The pot’s leak-proof design will prevent any spills or messes in your picnic bag.
Bring Refillable Water Bottles and Reusable Tumblers
Instead of purchasing bottled water, bring your own refillable water bottles to stay hydrated during the picnic. You can also consider infusing water with fruits or herbs to add flavour and refreshment. Refillable bottles help reduce plastic waste and save money in the long run.
Stainless Steel tumblers are another fantastic addition to your waste-free picnic gear. They are reusable and durable. Just like stainless steel lunch boxes and food storage containers, steel tumblers are effortless to clean and maintain. They are dishwasher-safe and resistant to odours and stains.
Prepare Homemade Meals
Consider making homemade meals and snacks for your picnic. By preparing food yourself, you can avoid excessive packaging and reduce the use of single-use items. Opt for fresh fruits, sandwiches, salads, or other dishes that can be easily be packed. Stainless steel food storage containers offer an eco-friendly way to store leftovers, snacks, or pre-prepared picnic meals. They are great for preserving the freshness and flavor of your picnic treats.
If you have prepared food or leftovers from your picnic, silicone food bags can come in handy. Simply transfer the remaining food into the bags, seal them tightly, and store them in your cooler or refrigerator when you return home. The durability of silicone bags ensures that your leftovers stay fresh for later consumption, reducing food waste.
Educate and Inspire Others
Spread the word about the importance of waste reduction and sustainable practices. Encourage your fellow picnic-goers to adopt eco-friendly habits and share these tips with friends and family. Small actions can create a ripple effect and lead to more sustainable picnics.
By implementing these practices, you can enjoy a waste-free or low-waste picnic that is not only enjoyable but also contributes to a healthier planet. So pack your reusable picnic gear, head outdoors, and savour the beauty of nature while making a positive difference for the planet.