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9 Tips for Low Waste Picnics

9 Tips for Low Waste Picnics

Enjoy Nature Responsibly with Eco-Friendly Products

Eating outside helps take the edge off the long days and sleepless nights for us, something about being in the fresh air and sharing a meal together helps to reset our day. If you’re not careful though, picnics can result in a significant amount of waste! By incorporating eco-friendly products into your al fresco dining, you can minimize your ecological footprint and have a low waste picnic. 

We've got your back with some super easy tips to help you plan a low waste picnic using eco-friendly products. So, let's dive in and make your outdoor adventures kinder to Mother Earth!

1. Invest in Reusable Bento Boxes

Say goodbye to single-use plastic containers by opting for reusable bento boxes. These durable food containers are perfect for packing individual meals and snacks. They come in various sizes and keep your food fresh without any disposable packaging. It's a win-win!

2. Choose Stainless Steel Water Bottles

These bottles are BPA-free, easy to clean, and the insulated ones keep your beverages at the desired temperature. Fill them up with refreshing drinks and reduce plastic waste during your picnic outings. We offer a range of stainless steel water bottles from Klean Kanteen, which are a sustainable alternative to single-use plastic bottles. 

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3. Pack Eco-Friendly Utensils

Instead of disposable cutlery, consider investing in reusable utensil sets like bamboo, stainless steel or silicone. These eco-friendly options are durable and significantly reduce plastic waste.

4. Use Beeswax Wraps for Food Storage

Forget about fumbling with cling wrap and give beeswax wraps a go. We offer  beeswax wraps that are reusable, biodegradable, and an excellent alternative to single-use plastic. They keep your food fresh, can be easily washed and reused, and make your picnic spread look oh-so-Instagrammable!

5. Pack Cloth Napkins and Towels

Swap disposable paper napkins for reusable cloth napkins. We love these options from local business Cheeks Ahoy and also enjoy a good search at the thrift store for vintage options.

6. Bring a Picnic Blanket

Instead of disposable or single-use plastic table covers, invest in a reusable picnic blanket. Look for secondhand or blankets made from recycled materials or eco-friendly fabrics. The Teri Co. My Main Mats are a gorgeous option and currently deeply discounted!

7. Choose Sustainable Snack Containers

When packing snacks for your picnic, opt for reusable snack containers. These containers are made from sustainable materials like stainless steel or silicone and can be easily cleaned and reused. They are ideal for carrying fruit, nuts, or other small snacks without the need for disposable packaging.

8. Support Local and Organic Food

Support local farmers' markets or organic grocers to reduce food miles and promote sustainable farming practices. By choosing seasonal produce, you can enjoy fresh and flavourful meals while reducing your carbon footprint, plus it’s delicious!

If you're in Kingston, you can explore a couple of great options for locally sourced and organic food. Daughter's General Store and The Memorial Centre Farmers Market are excellent choices right around the corner from our shop.

In Gananoque, another option worth considering is the @ganfarmersmarket. This farmers' market provides a platform for local farmers and producers to showcase their organic and sustainable offerings. By visiting the Gananoque Farmers' Market, you can support the local community while enjoying high-quality, eco-friendly food for your picnic.

Supporting local and organic food not only benefits the environment but also contributes to the local economy and fosters a sense of community (plus it's delicious).

9. Practice Leave No Trace Principles

Lastly, remember to leave your picnic area clean and free from any waste. Follow the Leave No Trace principles, which include packing out all your trash and leaving the environment as pristine as you found it. Dispose of waste responsibly in designated bins or take it home for proper recycling or composting.

 It's time to plan your next low waste picnic with a touch of eco-friendly flair. Visit Go Green Baby to find all the sustainable picnic essentials you need to have a blast while keeping our planet happy. So, go ahead, indulge in nature's beauty, and spread the love with your environmentally conscious picnic adventures!

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