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Jul 2nd, 2016
Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “God always forgives, we men forgive sometimes, but nature never forgives.” ~Pope Francis
Gearing up for a summer picnic? Here are some earth-friendly ideas to help you keep your outdoor gatherings fun, simple and green.
- Pack plenty of local, in-season fruits and vegetables and organic meat for you and your guests. Remember, fresh fruit “wraps” itself – no additional packaging needed!
- Consider re-purposing your canvas grocery tote as a picnic bag or try searching your closets for backpacks or holiday baskets to tote your food and picnic supplies.
- Try to choose a picnic destination that’s easy to get to by biking, walking or using public transportation.
- Skip the individually packaged drinks and opt for coolers (or kegs) filled with your favorite party beverages. For food storage and leftovers, pack reusable tins and canisters.
- Choose washable, reusable cloth napkins and tablecloths - check your closets again for old bandanas and bedsheets that you don’t mind getting dirty.
- If reusable isn’t an option for cups, plates and utensils, choose biodegradable items or look for products made from recycled materials. Planning to grill? Look for recycled aluminum foil.
- Stick to sunscreen and insect repellents made with fewer chemicals and avoid spraying your entire picnic area with toxic pest products.
- Think green for your picnic activities and entertainment. Bring your favorite nature and wildlife field guides along with some binoculars and a journal for outdoor exploring.
- Remember to take your waste with you. Leftover picnic food in trashcans is often tempting to park animals. Bring an extra storage container for food waste and a tote bag for recycling. Also, consider using your melted ice to rinse reusable dishes and utensils. http://www.earthshare.org/2010/08/green-picnic-guide.html
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