Conservation Corner: Picnics

By Kristin Peney -
Community Programs Manager

Nothing says 4th of July (or summer) like fireworks and cookouts, but that favorite time outdoors can be bad for the environment if you aren’t careful. Following are a few tips to make sure your favorite picnic haven remains a memory-maker for years to come:

  • Pack finger foods - Opting for foods that can be eaten by hand eliminates the need for dishes or cutlery items that are typically disposable and quickly fill the garbage bag.
  • Use reusable containers - There’s no need to individually wrap sandwiches or other meal items in plastic bags or wraps that will be thrown away. Use glass, stainless steel, or reusable plastic containers to transport foods. The same rule applies to beverages. Skip the prepackaged juice boxes and water bottles and fill a thermos or large bottle that can distribute servings in reusable cups.
  • Serve local - If possible, serve locally grown, or at least in season, fruits and vegetables which travel less from field to consumer, and consequently result in a smaller carbon footprint.
  • Use Recyclable/Sustainable Serving Options - If single-use serve ware and cutlery are your only options, try to find those that are recyclable and sustainably sourced. Your one picnic may not seem like much waste, but the EPA estimates that 1.1 million tons of plastic cups, cutlery, and plates were discarded in 2018!

This article was originally published by The Landings Association on their website.

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