The sunshine has returned and what better way to embrace it than with a picnic with family and friends.
We have put together some simple steps to help you plan your next picnic that uses local produce, less plastic and more reusable items.
Find out what’s in season before you shop. Not only does seasonal produce taste better but it is also more nutritious as it requires less artificial inputs to keep it fresh.
The summer months bring a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Plan for your picnic and view these here.
Support bakers, butchers and farm shops in your community by shopping locally for ingredients.
Eating foods that are sourced locally helps the environment by preventing ‘food miles’, the distance it travels from farm to plate.
Stay Hydrated with Reusable Bottles and Stoneware Mugs
Replace single-use plastic bottles with reusable water bottles that will keep your drink cooler for longer, help the environment and save you money in the long run.
For your picnic, prepare refreshing fruity drinks, water, tea and coffee in your reusable bottles and serve in Denby mugs. By using mugs, you’ll be saving on disposable cups. This is also a more interesting way to serve your drinks and means that they won’t need to be balanced on the picnic rug, as the stoneware mugs are much more robust compared to plastic options.
Beeswax Wraps are reusable and provide a great alternative to clingfilm when it comes to storing leftovers from your picnic.
Cheese, fruits, vegetables and breads stay fresh for longer with beeswax wraps meaning less waste and more time to enjoy the food you love.
Stainless Steel Straws
Replace your single-use plastic straws with a reusable stainless steel alternative. They’re easy to clean and their durability means they are great to travel with. Stainless steel straws can often last up to a year and once you’re done they can be recycled too.
Reusable shopping bags
If you’re planning to pick up some food and drink along the way, be sure to use a reusable shopping bag instead of a plastic one. As well as being more durable and better for the environment, it is also a more cost-effective way to shop as you will avoid the charge for a new bag each time you make a purchase.
For more tips on living sustainably, discover our #ConsciousChoice campaign here.