Anytime is a good time to have a picnic especially now that the weather is warmer and the skies are clear! A picnic is a perfect time to bond with friends, unwind, and of course, be close to nature. Spending time outdoors has its fair share of benefits. It helps alleviate anxiety and stress. An outdoor picnic is also a great way to bond with the kids, spend time with friends, and minimize screen time.
Of course, be sure to make your family picnic an eco-friendly one! In this guide, let’s take a look at the many ways of making a picnic – or any outdoor activities, for that matter – eco-friendly:
It’s tempting to book a trip for a picnic but if you are mindful about your carbon footprint, it’s better to stay in a nearby picnic or camping spot. A trip that’s miles away from home means spending more money on fuel. Apart from spending money on fuel, driving for miles is hard on the back and this defeats the purpose of spending a relaxing time outdoors.
If you live in a place that’s near the beach, why not arrange a beach-side picnic? You can also go to the local park, near the lake or a public garden to set up a fun family picnic. You can even set up an outdoor picnic in your own backyard and it will be just as fun because you have your whole family with you! As long as the picnic spot is near where you live, you are saving money and energy.
Use Compostable Flatware and Dishes
No picnic is complete without good food and that means taking dishes and flatware with you. Traditional ceramic flatware and plates can be a hassle because these weigh a ton. Also, ceramic plates are likely to break when they are used outdoors. Using plastic or Styrofoam plates and cups are a no-no because these products pollute the water and the soil!
Instead of using plastic plates and cups, use compostable disposable products. Better yet, get the backyard compostable ones like our collection of disposable wood plates. Compostable disposables are more eco-friendly because they are made from sustainable raw materials. These products also biodegrade so they are much kinder to the environment. Our range of disposable wood plates is 100% chemical free and backyard compostable. These products require zero energy for proper disposal.
Make Clean Up a Family Affair
Cleaning up isn’t the most exciting activity but never leave discarded trash behind to minimize your carbon footprint further. To make cleanup more fun, turn it into a family affair. Get the kids to help you clean up after the picnic. Take this opportunity to teach your children the importance of keeping the surroundings clean and reducing trash. Let your children know how littering contaminates the soil and harms the wildlife.
If you used compostable disposables, these can be discarded safely with little effort on your part. Just throw the disposable wood plates in the right bin and you are done. Just make sure to remove the food waste first. If there are recycle bins nearby, teach your children how to sort trash and dispose of it properly instead of simply chucking it in the garbage bin. Kids should learn the dangers of using non-biodegradable products even at an early age.
If you have leftover food and drinks, take them with you and never leave them behind. Wasting good food is a no-no and if you want to set a good example to the kids, leave nothing to waste. Being a good role model to your children is key to helping your kids grow up to be well-rounded adults!
Avoid Disrupting the Wildlife
Outdoor spaces, even regularly maintained ones like a popular camping site or a public park, are teeming with life. It is your responsibility to maintain the tranquility of the place. If you are having a picnic with small children and/or pets, make sure to engage in responsible play.
Always watch the kids as they explore the outdoors and remind them to never disrupt the wildlife. If you are doing bits of exploration yourself, traverse through the vegetation with care. Do not crush or damage the flowers and plants, leave the wild animals be.
If you are having a pet-friendly picnic, let the pets play in an area that’s far away from the local wildlife, like rabbits, rodents, or birds. Keep an eye on the pets and do not let them prey or play with wild animals.
Grow Your Own Food
What’s a picnic without yummy sandwiches, fresh salads, and homemade dishes? If you’d like to make your family event even more eco-friendly, we highly recommend growing your own food and preparing your own meals. Sure, it’s more convenient to get your produce from the supermarket but you’ll do the world a lot of good by growing your own fruits and vegetables or by supporting sustainable farming.
As you know, large-scale farming requires the use of machines that burn fossil fuels. Transporting the produce to supermarkets also lead to greenhouse gas emissions. By growing your own produce or opting for organically grown produce, you are not polluting the air nor the soil.
Preparing your own meals is equally eco-friendly! By making your own meals, you can control the quality of the ingredients and minimize the use of products that have high footprint such as chemically-treated spices.
Avoid Using Chemical-Laden Products
Some products are treated with chemicals that are harmful to animals such as insect repellents and sunscreen. That does not mean that you should forgo the protection and be uncomfortable or miserable while on a picnic. Some brands offer bug sprays and sunscreen made from all-natural ingredients.
If you are going to the beach for a picnic, a sunscreen lotion that’s made with reef-friendly ingredients is your best bet. If you are going on the local park for a picnic and you’d like to protect yourself from insect bites, use a bug repellant that’s formulated with citronella, lemon balm, lavender, and/or peppermint.
Going on a picnic is a fun activity that children of all ages will enjoy! As long as you observe these tips, you can make your next picnic an environmentally friendly one. Choose from our wide range of disposable wood plates for your next event.