Eco-friendly Picnic Essentials- For Fourth of July & Beyond
Anyone who has visited a park or beach on July 5 has seen how tough a picnic can be on the earth. Plastic utensils, water bottles, and various types of other environmentally detrimental debris are often part of the post-picnic landscape. But you and your family can turn the tables this year by opting for eco-friendly picnic essentials. Here’s how.
Plastic cups are out, and compostable, easily biodegradable cups are in.
Look for cups made from things like wheat stalk and bagasse paper board, otherwise known as sugar cane fiber. A version of compostable cups we ran across on Amazon.com boasts a biodegradable time of a scant 45 days.
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Wooden or Bamboo Utensils
Instead of plastic picnic knives, forks, spoons, and serving ware, give the earth a break by going with wooden or bamboo utensils. You’ll still retain the outdoorsy vibe while enjoying an eco-friendly option you can enjoy again and again.
When it does come time to recycle the stuff, wood and bamboo break down nicely. Check out a wide selection on to-goware.com, some of which even come with travel cases.
Biodegradable Plates, Napkins, and Straws
Styrofoam picnic plates are about the worst option out there, and one of the best is eco-friendly picnic plates that are easily biodegradable. Just because they’re good for the earth doesn’t mean they’re boring, either.
Michael’s has an amazing lineup of matching eco-friendly plates and napkins that come in colors like deep plum, avocado, and peacock blue. The tableware is made of recycled paper and uses a percentage of post-consumer content water-based ink.
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Single Water Cooler
Individual water bottles are one of the earth’s biggest enemies, with a paltry 23 percent recycling rate on the more than 50 billion plastic water bottles used in the U.S. each year. Yikes is right! Do your part by outfitting your Fourth of July picnic with a large, reusable water cooler from which guests can fill up their compostable cups.
Go for a heavy duty jug that holds multiple gallons, then simply fill it up with water and ice before you go. This, too, is another item you can use again and again for many picnics to come. Walmart has a serious selection of large water jugs, including those that come with wheels!
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When it does come time to dispose of your picnic waste, make sure you recycle anything that merits it. This is easily done with a small recycle bin you can take along on picnics, camping trips, or any other outdoor adventures.
Check out the container and bin options at Home Depot, where you can choose an official-looking recycle bin or any small, durable container that’s easy to transport from place to place.
Picnic Totes & Baskets
You don’t need to invest in a wicker picnic basket (although World Market has some really cute ones!) to be eco-friendly. But rather than bringing plastic or paper bags to the park, use reusable totes bags, like the ones you can pick up at your local grocery store.
Other Picnic Essentials
- Oversized picnic blanket
- Cooking tools
- Yard games
- Food, including condiments!
Enjoying your Fourth of July picnic in the great outdoors is so much nicer when you’re doing what you can to help keep the outdoors great. Make sure to look for great savings at Shopathome.com when choosing your eco-friendly picnic supplies.