Plan an Eco-Friendly Picnic

Green Picnic Tips | Oasis BagsIn Eastern Canada, this is the first week of truly spring weather.  We got stuck with a late winter this year, so now that the sun is shining and t-shirt weather is upon us, everyone is eager to get outside and have some fun in the sun! One of my favorite things to do on a beautiful sunny day is to grab my daughter and some friends and have a picnic in the park. Even something as simple as a picnic can increase your footprint on the environment though.  Here are some tricks to help plan an eco-friendly picnic: Package Your Food… over and over and over again! Instead of sandwich bags, opt for glass containers.  Your picnic bag will be a little heavier, but the plus side is a) You’ll be toning those arm muscles, b) There is  zero chance that your food is will be squished, c) Glass containers are toxic free, unlike most plastic containers and d) You can reuse the same container for years. *Note: Bring your regular (washable) utensils instead of plastic. You’ll be taking home some stuff anyways, so why not reuse your utensils and save the landfill from single use forks and knives? Carry Your Things Wisely Cotton and propylene bags are very resilient – they can carry a lot of weight and last for over 300 uses.  Rather than buying a picnic basket, use your reusable tote for carrying your food.  It’s also a great way to lug around frisbees, rollerblades and blankets.  Swing it over your shoulder and away you go! Prepare your Liquids Instead of bringing bottled water, bring a large jug of water that you can distribute between reusable canisters.  Or, fill up mason jars and bring those along. Once again, by using glass, you are avoiding tons of toxins that will poison your water.  I love to add cucumber and mint to my jug the night before to give a refreshing twist to my water. Buy Locally! During this season, local markets are buzzing with delicious and fresh goods.  Not only are you supporting local farmers, but you are ensuring that your food is fresh and high quality.  Being able to meet and speak with growers can also be a very enlightening experience! What is your favorite thing to add to a picnic? -Kristin
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