Green Picnic Guide

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.

Peace & Justice Committee