Picnics have always been the eco-friendliest of all ways to eat.
You grab a blanket, pack some sandwiches, pour your favorite cold beverage in a Thermos and pack things you can eat, toss out or take back home.
Simply head out into nature often in a park, at the beach or in the woods where you can enjoy the outdoors without marring it. To be truly eco-friendly and treat the environment in the best of ways, you want to leave as small a footprint as possible. Sugar Foods promotes eco-friendly with our new Eco-Sticks.
Here are our 10 Tips to enjoy an eco-friendly outing that allows you to commune with nature without adversely affecting it.
Use a Greener Basket – Use a cooler for your cold stuff and a basket made of bamboo or some other natural fiber. Or pack it all in a reusable shopping bag.
Recycle – If you have to bring bottled water or anything else that uses plastic, glass or aluminum, bring a bag for all of your recyclables. This goes for utensils, plates, bowls and other serving items. If there are no recycling bins, you can take the bag home and place it in one. Better yet, fill bottles at home rather than buying bottled water at the store.
Travel Locally – Ride your bike, walk, drive a short distance or pile into as few cars as possible. You can also use public transportation. In this way, you can get some exercise or at least cut down on the amount of pollutants and energy-usage. You can save resources and save money.
Eat Fresh – Buy locally grown foods which haven’t travelled too far to your market. You can source meats, produce, dairy and baked goods that were produced by nearby farms or manufacturers. Summertime is the best time for fresh fruits and vegetables.
Whatever You Bring In, Take Back – Don’t just take your own garbage with you but others too. Bring some paper bags with you and then separate food, plastic, bottles and recyclables so that you can dispose of them correctly and cleanly.
Respect the Habitat – Teach your children to respect the animal habitat in which you live, and it will go a long way towards building a more eco-friendly world. If you are at the beach, don’t litter on the sand; in the park or woods be aware of nesting birds and native plants. Do unto the animals as you want them to do unto you.
Use Natural Repellants – Eschew the aerosols in favor bug repellants made of natural and organic ingredients. Burt’s Bees, Kiss My Face and many others make products for the outdoors.
Don’t Pollute – Avoid using petroleum based charcoal fluid and self-lighting which release petro-chemicals into the air. Use natural charcoal or wood. Barbecue safely and cleanly.
Forget the Disposables – Instead of eating off paper plates and using plastic utensils, bring servingware you can wash yourself and take back home.
Leave the IPad at Home – Forget the cell phone, android, tablet and any other electronics. Bring a book about the natural habitat where you are picnicking and study the area and its history. Bring binoculars or a telescope and be awed by the world around you. Sit back, relax and enjoy the environment. It’s the only one we have.