I adore picnics. There’s something I love dearly about sitting on the ground on a nice day, eating food from a basket, flicking bugs off my sandwich and chasing runaway napkins. There’s a certain charm to all of it. But, there are many things that can turn a picnic into an unhealthy, wasteful experience.
Why bother planning an eco-friendly picnic?
This year I’ll be planning more eco-friendly picnics than I ever have. I’ve planned some great picnics in the past, but my one issue is always trying to figure out how to pack things without using a bunch of unhealthy plastics, wasteful paper products, or heavy dishes out of the kitchen.
We despise plastics (even BPA-free) and don’t even buy paper products anymore. So I usually end up packing lots of glass containers, along with our dinner plates and silverware. But it’s just so cumbersome (and I worry some of it won’t make it back to the kitchen after a picnic). Until recently, I couldn’t find a good alternative to plastic or paper cups, so I would bring our glass water bottles or canning jars with lids – also too heavy (and breakable!) for a picnic.
Let’s think about this for a second: do you really want to create tons of waste, eat from plastic containers that could be damaging your health, or risk the chance of glassware breaking while you’re supposed to be having a nice, relaxing picnic? I think we can do better than this.
In order to have a safe eco friendly picnic, I have some criteria:
- no plastics – plastic production is unhealthy for the environment, plastics absorb food odors, and chemicals in plastics break down and leach into foods
- no paper products – too much waste is involved
- food storage containers that are non-leaking and made from safe materials
- lightweight items – glass weighs down the picnic basket and can break
- products that can be reused for all my future picnics – this reduces waste and saves money in the long run
Our next Sustainable Change – healthy, waste-free picnic gear
Waste-free picnics really can be done.
We really don’t need all the wasteful paper products, unhealthy plastics, or even dangerous glass containers. I’ve finally found a company that is dedicated to making consumers’ lives healthier and safer by selling only the best products that meet all my criteria. Stainless steel dishes and storage containers, bamboo silverware sets, stainless drinking glasses, reusable soft-sided coolers, and a picnic blanket that can be spilled on and easily cleaned. I can’t believe I didn’t think to use bamboo and stainless steel before now! (hand to forehead)
Matt had better get used to all my favorite picnic foods, because I see many picnics in our future with my new gear. And we really want you to join us this year in planning healthier, waste-free picnics!
So we’ve teamed up with MightyNest, a company with high standards that only sells products to support a toxin-free lifestyle, to offer you a challenge and a giveaway for spring that you’ll absolutely love. (Read more about MightyNest and their pledge to consumers here.) MightyNest has generously offered to give away an entire set of safe, reusable picnic gear to one DIY Natural reader! (Scroll down to see more information on the pledge and entering the giveaway.)
While this is a sponsored post, we never write about or endorse anything we don’t wholeheartedly love. MightyNest has awesome products, a commendable mission to help consumers live toxin-free and they’re even dedicated to helping your local schools raise money for special projects!
What we’re giving away: Value=$165
- Stainless steel airtight container (see it here)
- 2 stainless steel wine glasses (see them here)
- 2 large stainless steel plates (see them here)
- Insulated family cooler (see it here)
- All-weather picnic blanket (see it here)
- 2 bamboo utensil sets, in carrying cases (see them here)
Want to join me?
Ready to plan an eco-friendly picnic? Spring is the perfect time to make small but mighty changes in a healthier direction. Pledge to use safe, waste-free picnic gear for your family, and you could win $165 of reusable picnic gear from MightyNest. You’ll also have a chance to help your local school win $1000 this month in the MightyNest for Schools “Get Fresh” Challenge! Just click the button below that says “I Pledge” to enter!
Right now when you sign up for this giveaway, MightyNest will also enter you to win a $500 gift certificate for awesome products on their site!!! Yeehaaw! Nothing like sweetening a deal a little. 🙂
How about you?
Are you doing anything to make your picnics more eco-friendly? What are your favorite tips for packing a safe, healthy picnic with reusable gear? Share with us in the comments below!