Perk up Your Picnic
Transform Your Transportation
Your green picnic adventure should start way before you spread out your blanket. Keep the car at home and make the journey part of the fun! Walk, bike or take public transportation to your destination. Or stay close to home by picnicking in the backyard.
Pack a back-to-basics meal made with ingredients that are as local and seasonal as possible. If you can, visit a farmers market for fresh fruits and vegetables, plus bread, meat and cheese that were produced nearby.
Green Your Gear
Once your family starts eating outdoors, they won’t want to stop, so investing in reusable plastic cups and dishes is a seriously wise move. There are plenty of lines of great gear, including Preserve’s line made from recycled yogurt cups. Packing your own silverware -- don’t forget a sharp knife -- and cloth napkins adds a green and elegant note to your outdoor dining experience.
Respect Mama Nature
Whether your picnic is at the beach or in the park, it’s essential to respect your dining environment. Remind kids to be gentle with the plants and animals they encounter. Picnics also offer a great chance to teach kids to appreciate the world around them: Try playing a game to see how many different kinds of trees, birds or flowers they can find.
Leave It the Way You Found ItWhatever comes in must go out when you leave. Separate the trash and recyclables and place them in appropriate receptacles. Can’t find the right bin? Take the refuse home with you and wait for trash day. More Simple Steps Slide Shows