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8 Picnic Essentials to Pack for a Sustainable Summer Outing
Planning a picnic under the sun? You'll want to create a checklist of these picnic essentials for a fun and sustainable outing.
Having a picnic in the park is the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors while also spending time with the people you love. To have a successful outing, you'll need a few picnic essentials: a blanket, basket of goodies, finger foods, and maybe even a bottle of wine. But that's not all you'll need.
To cut back on waste and divert it from landfills, the NPS has implemented several initiatives, including Don't Feed the Landfills, which launched in 2015. However, while public parks and outdoor facilities can implement waste management services, it's up to the public to follow those regulations. That's where you and your picnic come in.
8 Picnic Essentials for Eco-Friendly Outings
1. Insulated Paper Cooler, $46
Both coolers are made of Out of the Woods' Supernatural Paper, which is made of tree cellulose sourced from responsibly-managed forests. They're reusable, ethically made, and even come with a wine tote.
2. Collapsable To-Go Bowl, $25
What's a picnic without finger foods? From trail mix to sandwiches cut into four triangles, your favorite bites are definitely a picnic essential. But you'll want to ditch the plastic baggies and single-use packaging. Instead, use a Collapsable To-Go Bowl. It's easy to travel with—and it's better for the environment.
These food-grade silicone bowls are BPA-free with a BPS-free polypropylene lid. And they clasp shut, so they're spill-proof. Pack all your favorites—from berries to sandwiches to pretzels and more.
Another picnic essential is a charcuterie board, filled with cheeses, crackers, and fruits. With the Prep 'n Serve Tray Set, you can make artsy charcuterie bowls the eco-friendly way—and you'll have bowls to serve snacks in.
The set includes a large carry tray, a half utility tray, and six prep cups. And each item is made from a 100% plant-based plastic renewable that's biodegradable. Plus, clean-up is easy: The set is also dishwasher-safe!
4. Biodegradable Bamboo Plates, $48
It's time to ditch paper plates for good. Say goodbye to paper waste and hello to these adorable Biodegradable Bamboo Plates. These plates are made from certified organic bamboo fiber and cornstarch, and they're perfect for any outdoor gathering.
These plates even come in adorable prints and colors. And if you need bowls, you're in luck. The Biodegradable Bamboo Bowls are also made with renewable, eco-friendly materials and can be reused over and over again.
5. Citronella Incense Oil, $40
Spending more time outdoors means spending more time with our insect friends. And that can be suffering from itchy mosquito bites.
This incense oil burns for 36 hours and there are no harsh chemicals involved. Plus, it's zero-waste and flameless, so it's perfect for the outdoors.
6. Stasher Sandwich and Snack Bags, $36
Pair your picnic with a glass of clean, sustainable wine! Not sure what to look for when buying a bottle? We've got you covered. Check out our guide to sustainable wine.
And be sure to pack your Stemless Handblown Wine Glasses. They're ethically made of recycled glass, and they're bright and colorful—perfect for sunny picnic days.
Finally, if you're having a picnic under the sun, you'll need to protect your skin. However, before packing just any sunscreen, make sure the sunscreen is environmentally friendly.