A zero waste picnic means replacing plastic-wrapped sandwiches with your own wicker baskets and gingham tablecloth, and offering a nice spread of food from homemade sarnies, to freshly made lemonade in reusable bottles. Nicer for everyone, safer for wildlife. Read how to have a safe & healthy barbecue.
Keep (esp. sweet) food covered, to deter wasps and ants (just move upstream a bit, don’t harm them). Keep nice dog biscuits to hand, to avoid them being tempted by toxic ‘people food like chicken bones, raw salmon, pickled onions, avocado, cake and beer. Keep ice packs away from pets and children.
The word ‘picnic’ comes from ‘pique-nique’ (French), and used to be quite the social event, when people would all bring food (a bit like pot lucks). The Teddy Bear’s Picnic was composed in 1907 by John W Bratton, written as The Teddy Bear’s Two-Step until the lyrics were changed. Another picnic fan was Robin Hood, who would dine under shelter of trees with his Merry Men in Nottinghamshire’s Sherwood Forest.
- This biodegradable cardboard picnic table is easy to store. Light yet sturdy, it has a cardboard carry case with handle, and includes 2 paper plates, 2 wooden cutlery sets and 4 yellow napkins.
- 50 years ago, the most popular picnic meal was a cheese sandwich. Today it’s a bag of crisps. Sign of the times. Spare Snacks makes crisps made from veggie waste in easy-to-recycle packs.
- Take empty cans home for recycling. If you smoke, Boodi personal ashtray safely extinguish butts, to prevent wildfires.
- Take your own reusable cutlery and reusable crockery.
- Use zero waste straws to sip homemade lemonade.
- Use zero waste food wraps (or food huggers to replace clingfilm).
- Marmax Products makes brightly coloured picnic benches for parks made from recycled plastic bottles (includes wheelchair-friendly).
People don’t want to go to the dump and have a picnic, they want to go out to a beautiful place. And so I think our job is to try to take the environment, take what the good Lord has given us, and expand upon it or enhance it, without destroying it. Jack Nicklaus