As the weather warms up, your mind may turn to fun outdoor activities. Picnics are a great way to enjoy a day on the beach, at the local park, or on a blanket in your own backyard. Of course, picnics have one classic downfall: disposable supplies. Paper plates and napkins, plastic cups, and single-use egg salad containers all go against your green lifestyle. Fortunately, you have more than a few creative eco-friendly picnic options to choose from. Here four great ideas for a picnic featuring reusable supplies.
1. Reusable Plastic Plates & Utensils
Ditch those paper plates and invest in plastic plates that can be used for picnic after picnic. Look for plates that are sturdy and microwave-safe so they can become your go-to unbreakable dishware both outside and for everyday indoor meals. Pair these with camping utensils or a box of sturdy reusable plastic utensils that you can wash for the next picnic. This way, you don’t have to worry about disposable dishware waste.
2. Coolers of Lemonade & Water with Plastic Tumbler Cups
Instead of buying a jug of lemonade, make your own and store it in a dispensing cooler. You can do the same with ice water so that you can skip the water bottles for your picnic. Accompany your coolers with some sturdy plastic tumbler cups or make use of your already indestructible coffee tumblers so there’s no need for disposable cups.
3. Extra Towels Instead of Paper Napkins
If you love picnics but hate paper napkins, just grab some towels. Extra beach towels and hand towels can be used to mop up egg-salad-covered hands and then go right in the laundry when you get home.
4. Plastic Lined Basket for Mess-Free Cleanup
Last but not least, be sure to bring a plastic-lined basket (or a basket and a trash bag) so that your cleanup is complete without needing to quick-dispose of dirty supplies. That plastic lining ensures your barbecue-sauce-covered plates and towels all make it home without creating a mess in the park or in your car.
Picnics are one of the best things about warm weather. Embrace the wonderful experience of eating outdoors without giving into the disposable dishware traditions thanks to these reusable supplies. Check out our tips for eco-friendly lunches that you can bring on your outdoor outing as well.
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