I think it’s really summer.  Picnic season is here and I thought I would share some easy eco-friendly tips on how to pack a greener picnic.  Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of the post with a great prize pack to get you started.

1. Use reusable plate, cups, cutlery and napkins

We got this picnic backpack as a wedding gift.  I love it.  We have brought it down to the beach for evening lobster bakes and now pack it up for family picnics. (Here is a link to a similar one at Amazon)

If you don’t want to lug around reusable cutlery, you can now opt for compostable wooden ones.  I LOVE these ones from Tulle & Twig.  What a fun way to spice up the picnic or backyard BBQ.

2. Pack snacks, fruits, sandwiches and other goodies in reusable bags from Itzy Ritzy and EcoDitty.

The Eco Ditty bag on top is made from only organic cotton and has a velcro closure.  It’s great for dry items, but washes great when pb&j; leaks out.
The Itzy Ritzy snack bag is a new love for three reasons.
      1. It is basically waterproof so it’s great for wet grapes and the like.
      2. It’s the perfect size for my iPhone for the beach.
      3. It has a zipper.  Zippers are a lot quieter in church than velcro.
I only have one of the mini snack bags and I think I need to get a few more since they are just the right size.  I don’t love that it says line dry because I need to fish it out of the wash.  Obviously it has made its way into the dryer once or twice and so far it still seems fine.

I also use snack bags from ReSnackIt (they have held up machine washed for over two years) and PlanetWise has one that wipes clean.

Save some green and just reuse your empty bread bags.  Not nearly as cute but they get the job done.

3. Offer the kids healthy snacks like fresh fruit, hummus and cheese instead of processed chips and crackers.  I also really like the squeezable pouches for kids.  If I don’t have any applesauce in the house to refill my own refillable squeeze pouches, I opt for a healthy puree from Ella’s Kitchen.  They are organic and have a range of squeezes, including baby food-like banana and pears.  There are also the “brekkies” that include some brown rice and yogurt and are great for when your kids don’t really eat the dinner at the picnic but you don’t want them to go hungry.  Both of mine will eat them at age 3 and one.   Shhh…don’t tell them how healthy the broccoli, pears and peas one is.  They LOVE it.

For the older kids, the Welches fruit snacks are handy to pack.  If you are past the worry of choking in the car stage, they are great for car trips.

4. Bring home your recyclables.  Sometimes you do end up with water bottles and cans of seltzer/soda/beer because it’s easy and convenient. Take the time to repack them and recycle them when you can at home.

5. Pack your own bibs instead of using disposable ones for the littles.  It’s a little more laundry but you are always doing laundry anyways if you have bib-wearing littles in your house.

6. Pack your favorite water bottle instead of many small, plastic water bottles.  We also have a large water cooler that we pack for the beach and use it to refill our water bottles during the day.  I switched to the Klean Kanteen because it has an opening big enough for ice.  It was crazy to me how many don’t open wide enough for ice.  Warm water at a picnic or the beach…no thanks.

7. Prep your food before you go.  This will cut down on the extra packaging you need to dispose of while away from home.

8. Pack non-electric games, like cards or encourage the kids to play hide and seek.  Use the picnic time as offline time.

Our playgroup annual pizza night picnic

Ok, now it’s GIVEAWAY time! $75 value!
Here is what you will win…
*2 Mini Snack Bags from Itzy Ritzy
*One Snack and One Sandwich Bag from EcoDitty
*Ella’s Kitchen sample pack
*Welch’s Fruit Snack pack
*Tulle and Twig 20 piece cutlery pack

Enter via Rafflecopter below.  Contest ends June 29th at midnight.  Winners must have a US address.  Winner will be notified via email.

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87 replies
  1. Nikki A.M. says:

    I love any weather warranting a picnic with the family. Your post is a wonderful reminder to reuse the wonderful and eco-friendly items we already have around the house. Thank you!

  2. Jodi R. says:

    I have wanted to get some of the reusable fabric bags. Thanks for the reminder. We love picnics

    • Randall says:

      Today, while I was at work, my sister stole my apple ipad and tested to see if
      it can survive a 40 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now broken and she
      has 83 views. I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  3. Julie says:

    relaxing away from all the elementary kids I work with and spending time with my daughter:)
    hebb dot julie at gmail dot com

  4. Kristie says:

    I'm looking forward to concerts at our local bandshell and going to Yellowstone in August. Yay! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  5. Salleefur/Jesselyn/Jesster says:

    As a matter of FACT – it just so happens that one of the Summer activities we love the most is taking PICNICS down to the beach and watching the Sunset over the Lake…

    Jesselyn A/Jesstinger

  6. Jayme Lush says:

    Spending as much time with my kids as possible. This is their last summer before they start pre-k & Kindergarten!

    jaymeborici AT yahoo DOT com

  7. octoberthings says:

    I'm looking forward to spending time with my family and taking my toddler to the beach and zoo for the first time! 🙂

    octoberthings at gmail dot com

  8. Lindsey Gain says:

    I am looking forward to the end, lol. We have gotten past the fun part and now it is miserable here! I live in GA and it was 104 today and humid!

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