Thursday, July 7

Tips for a Waste-Free Picnic

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Picnics are a great way to enjoy nature, but not when you’re packing disposable paper plates, plastic utensils, bottled beverages and other use-and-toss items. Take disposable plastic cutlery, for example, they’re a staple at your average picnic. estimates 40 billion plastic utensils are used every year in just the United States – the majority of those were thrown out after just one use. Not only are disposable picnic items a waste of resources used to produce and package them, they're also a waste of money.

Choose to reuse. Utensils, napkins, food containers, thermoses, coldpacks… the list goes on and on! Buy high-quality reusables that you can bring to picnics (and use for lots of other things) for years to come.

Responsible disposables. When you simply can’t pack reusable plates and utensils, pack disposables made from responsible materials that can be recycled, composted or that biodegrade. Many of these are durable enough to be washed and reused as well.

Drink up. Fill a reusable water tank and encourage picnickers to bring a reusable bottle they can refill. Or, bring reusable bottles with built-in filters and fill up at the park or picnic ground.

Use what you’ve got. Instead of buying a paper table cloth or a brand-new picnic blanket, use and old blanket or sheet from home. Pack "real" dishes and silverware that can can be washed and reused.

Buy in bulk & Organize. Opt for large, communal containers of snacks like raisins, chips and crackers over individually-wrapped packages. Coordinate the menu with guests ahead of time so you don’t end up with doubles and extra food that might spoil.

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