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There’s really nothing like a picnic to take advantage of the sun. On the other hand, there’s really nothing like a picnic to generate way too much waste. If you’re environmentally conscious though, there’s nothing to stop you from throwing an eco-friendly picnic party – just follow these simple tips and tricks for an all-round chic and environmentally-friendly experience. What more could you ask for?
A personalized invitation is a joy to receive – albeit one that’s becoming all too rare these days. Most events tend to be organized via Facebook invites, which is convenient but lacking that all-important personal touch. Instead of taking to social media or texts, choose from the myriad of sites that offer you the ability to create customized e-invitations that you can quickly and easily send out. You won’t have to fuss with stamps or postage, but your guests will still get a thoughtful message inviting them to your party. Especially handy if you’ve got any friends who refuse to use Facebook.
Make Your Own Food & Drinks
It may be tempting to bulk-buy packaged meals and drinks, but that can lead to wasted food (which you’ll have to eat or throw out – and do you really want to have to finish up all the leftover potato chips?). Not to mention, you’ll be extending your clean-up duties to picking up discarded bottles and food packaging – especially if you’re inviting kids, who sometimes forget to throw such things away. Instead, whip up dishes that can be easily turned into leftovers – like potato salad, chicken fingers, pasta, and other meals that you won’t mind polishing off in future.
Disposing Of Food Waste Correctly
If you’ve got fruit peelings and other such items in the aftermath of a meal, instruct your guests to drop them in your compost pile. Ensure that food and drink can be consumed as far away from the compost pile as possible, though – it’s great to be environmentally conscious, but not if your guests have to dine in close proximity to food waste.
Use Cutlery & Crockery Judiciously
There are lots of ways to employ picnic crockery and cutlery in an eco-friendly way. If you’re using paper plates and plastic forks, be sure to recycle them rather than just throwing them away. That way, you’re doing your bit for the environment and avoiding having to do the dishes afterward. Alternately, you can always opt for reusable plates and cutlery.
Eco-Friendly Garden Furniture
Whether your party’s just a one-off event or you’re planning on hosting garden-based soirées throughout the balmy summer months, you should still get some eco-friendly garden furniture. Responsibly sourced picnic tables and garden benches reduce your carbon footprint and look prettier than ugly plastic furniture. Just because you’re dining outdoors doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style!
What are your suggestions for throwing an eco-friendly picnic party? I’d love to hear them – please feel free to share them in the comments!