Summer is a time for families together for picnics on in the park, on the beach, or even in the backyard. However, lots of waste accumulates at many picnics, even when people try to minimize the amount items used at their outdoor event. Because leftovers and trash will be a part of most picnics, people can use eco-friendly picnic products from various companies.
One of the first thing people can do to have an eco-friendly picnic is using biodegradable plates and cups. Companies now make environmentally-friendly paper products containing natural materials like bamboo and sugarcane. These compostable materials degrade quickly, unlike Styrofoam. A producer of eco-friendly and durable paper products is Solo. Their Bare by Solo collection of plates and cups can be piled with food without worrying about leaks and, when thrown away, they disintegrate.
Although many people use disposable cups on their picnics, they can instead opt for reusable cups and glasses that can be brought home and washed. Many of these drinking dishes are made of bio-plastic and will not bend like standard disposable cups. Many of them have an aluminum interior that keeps drinks colder. Viva Terra carries a Flowered Enamel Picnicware set that has a pitcher, tray, and cups. The style looks like picnic products from the Victorian Era, before people had disposable flatware. The set costs between $35 and $55.
Ditch plastic utensils on the picnic and use disposable spoons, forks and knives make of 100 percent organically grown bamboo. These utensils unique looks makes them an attractive addition to an afternoon intimate picnic or a family picnic in the backyard. Because they are not treated with chemicals, these eco-friendly picnic products are safe with food. Veneerware Utensils by Branch Home, at $8 per pack, biodegrade within four to six months after their disposal.
Use napkins made from recycled paper for an eco-friendly picnic. Products made of recycled paper reduce the amount of trees cut down and waste products left in landfills. Like the flatware and utensils they contain natural products. For the most part, napkins made of recycles paper can be found in any store, brandishing the recycle seal. However, for people who want to try something new and reduce even more trash, they can use cloth napkins made of hemp. Ecolution’s hemp napkins can be purchased at Hip Mountain Mama for $12.99.
Instead of using plastic storage ware for leftovers, use stainless steel containers. Storing food is especially important if the picnic is in an area where people come in contact with wildlife. Unlike plastic, these eco-friendly picnic products don’t leach toxins. These stainless steel products work for cold items like salads and hot items like soup. To-Go Ware carried a variety of stainless steel food carrying containers, starting at $12.
After any picnic, people have to dispose of their trash, whether the picnic is at home, in the park, or a campsite. So, an eco-friendly necessity is trash bags. Seventh Generation carries trash bags made from recycled plastic. The drawstring is good for home picnics, but for picnics in places with animals, people should double bag the trash, sealing it tight, and disposing it as soon as possible.
Picnics are perfects ways to connect with others in a relaxing setting. However, picnics cause the buildup of large amount of paper trash. If people opt for eco-friendly picnic products, they can reduce trash in the area where they are eating. In addition, it reduces the chance of unwanted guests coming to their picnic site.