Don’t Be a Picnic Hater: Love it and Green it


  • it’s relaxing
  • it’s affordable
  • there’s still plenty of time to worry about fitting into your swimsuit

Why not go on a picnic?

What do you mean you hate picnics? I suppose you don’t like puppies, rainbows, or ice cream either!

We’re not talking about something out of an episode of Survivor; just a patch of green and a sack of food. No forced march, no cooking over fire. You don’t even have to touch a frisbee if you don’t want to.

Just one requirement: you gotta go green. All of those cups and plates and little plastic forks add up to an awful lot of trash, much of it the kind that sits for all eternity in a landfill. There’s no excuse for all of that waste. With plenty of eco-friendly choices, nearly everything at your picnic can be reused, recycled, or composted.

The basket

A tote made from used boat sails suits a waterside picnic. Nigel’s EcoStore‘s Life’s a Picnic imprinted compostable jute bag, and‘s cooler-basket made of chemical-free polycanvas with PVC-free insulation suit everything else. Better yet: use the reusable shopping bags you carry to the market.

The blanket

Keep you from the bugs and dirt, and keep bugs and dirt from your food. The CocoBlanki is a heavy-duty, outdoor blanket made from recycled materials like blue jeans, old sweaters, and mattresses. Each nylon-backed fleece blanket from Blue Lotus contains the post-consumer recycled plastic of 18 one-liter soda bottles.


You can go recycled with Preserve’s line of tableware made from used yogurt containers, and napkins made from 100% recycled paper content. Or how about eating potato salad with potato starch-based Spudware,  corn on the cob from Cornware’s cornstarch plates, and dessert plates made from sugarcane fibers. All are reusable and compostable.

You’ve done enough spring cleaning. Get outside and reconnect with nature.

Find everything but the fried chicken at Pristine Planet, a product locator and comparison shopping guide for green goods. Shop by product or eco-categories like fair trade, chlorine and BPA free, organic, biodegradable, reclaimed, and sweatshop-free.

A community picnic in Portland, Oregon fed 3,000 guests and only filled a single trash can. Find out how.

Find parks, forests, beaches, and other  picnic sites in all 50 states with BEST Places to Picnic in America.

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3 Responses to Don’t Be a Picnic Hater: Love it and Green it

  1. Janice says:

    Go figure. But you do sit on the ground exposed to the elements. Surely you know someone cranky enough to complain about these things.

  2. Savanah says:

    I thought everybody loved picnics!? I have an old picnic basket with silverware from my grandmother (also sort of recycled). I will actually try and order a cocoblanki since I think it would also look cute on my couch indoors and they are affordable.

  3. Frank Callstone says:

    Great article!

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