Picnics are one area in which it can be hard to maintain your plastic-free credentials. Nobody wants to haul heavy crockery and delicate glassware up hill and down dale. However, there is middle ground to be found here. We’ve got tips for a plastic-free picnic which won’t break your back, your kitchenware, or the bank.
Rather than plastic beakers, heavy mugs, or fragile glasses, try cups made from plant starch. They’re light, surprisingly sturdy and – best of all – will eventually break down in your compost heap. Biopachave set the benchmark in this industry with their elegant yet very functional designs. Unfortunately for the casual picnicker, however, they tend to sell their wares in bulk to caterers. For buying in smaller units, Amazon and Etsy both have a reasonable range which won’t break the bank.
Forgo the cling film and Tupperware – wax wraps are the new (well, old and revived), fun, eco-friendly way to keep your food fresh and in shape. Made from a range of fabrics coated in beeswax, wax wraps are as customisable as your picnic itself. Choose a breathable fabric to preserve the freshness of your sarnies, or a closer weave for sealing a jar. They’re greaseproof, easy to use, and can be works of art in themselves! Check out the wraps made by beeswaxwraps.co.ukfor inspiration.
Bamboo cutlery is lightweight, biodegradable, and strong enough to carve through even the toughest pork pie. Just don’t get your utensils too close to the flames if your picnic involves a bit of barbequing! Ideally, make sure that your bamboo cutlery comes from sustainably grown bamboo. Bambumake a great range.
Plastic is everywhere – even in your humble tartan blanket. Picnic blankets are particularly vulnerable to the plastics plague, as many modern picnic blankets have waterproof (i.e. plastic-coated) undersides. What’s more, people tend to plump for less expensive blankets (after all, it’s ultimately going on the ground) when buying picnicware, which means that many blankets sold for picnics are chock full of polymers. If you can, seek out a blanket made from natural fibres such as wool, jute, or even linen. If you’re not coming up with anything promising, turn to recycled fibres. Life Under Canvasmake picnic rugs from recycled plastic straws, for example. Comfortable and waterproof!
Take the bus
OK, we may be stretching it a bit here, but petrol is made from the same stuff as plastic, and its products are just as bad (if not worse!) for the environment. If you can leave the car at home and walk, cycle, or take public transport to your preferred picnic spot – all the better! This also means that nobody in your party has to be Designated Driver, so you can all enjoy a refreshing bevvie when you get there (from a sustainable glass bottle, of course!)