My kids love to go on picnics. It doesn’t need to be a special occasion to enjoy an outdoor meal. Some days, it’s just too sunny and nice to eat inside, so we take our lunch to a local park or even into our own backyard. I’d like to put together an ecofriendly picnic kit for us to keep ready to grab and go whenever the picnicking mood strikes.
I found a few fun items to help families go green with their picnic basket items. Let’s start with the lovely floral picnic basket and go clockwise. The Reisenthel Market Basket is sure to get attention anywhere you go. It comes in more than 20 color options and can double as a market basket. Reuseit.com has this priced at less than $40, which means this basket is affordable and fun to look at.
Most picnic kits I have seen include a cutting board – so I found a bamboo cutting board at the Eco Home Store priced at under $10. It can double as a serving platter.
Throw away napkins are a no-no when it comes to green picnics! Bring along reusable cloth napkins like these green and white floral cotton napkins sold by Target (price unavailable).
Say goodbye to take and toss plates and use bamboo instead! Bambeco sells organic Bamboo Picnic Sets for $16 (includes plates and utensils).
What’s better than a stylish reusable bottle that filters tap water as you drink? The Bobble water bottle (starting price $8.99) is BPA-, Phthalates- and PVC-free. The curvy shape makes this bottle a true standout in a sea of water bottles.
Most people agree that To-Go Ware RePEaT Bamboo Utensil Set is the best. Bamboo is sustainable and these durable utensils won’t stain or absorb flavors. I love that the utensil set comes in a convenient carry case. Ecomom sells this item for $11.95.
Gear up for your family’s next picnic with some green goods like the ones suggested above – and don’t forget to bring the blanket!
What are some of your favorite things to take on a picnic? Feel free to add your ideas in the comments section.