1. BYOB: I know what you’re thinking, but this the more eco-friendly version of BYOB - ‘Bring Your Own Bag’.
Solution: As you stock up on supplies for your picnic, dodge the plastic bags in the produce section of supermarkets and take a tote/reusable bag with you. Did you know, the average plastic bag has a lifespan of 12 minutes and is used only once?
2. Get Prepping: Food packaging can often be difficult to recycle, particularly that found in the fresh produce and to-go sections of supermarkets.
Solution: If you have leftovers at home already, a picnic is the perfect opportunity to use them up and share dishes with friends - simply take them along in a container. Rather than buying ready-prepared sandwiches, cakes and dips for your picnic, take the opportunity to try out some new recipes and make your own. Head to your local bakery for a freshly baked baguette (take your own bag if you can) and insert a filling of your choice; fill empty glass jars with homemade houmous; bake some cakes or cookies; and buy loose fruits and vegetables to prepare your own crudités. It might be less convenient than plastic-packaged carrot sticks, but will make your picnic all the more charming and rustic - and will cut down on waste too.