Summer in our family means picnics by the lake. Since I was small the first warm weekend was spent grilling, with a side of cowboy beans and pasta salad. Unfortunately picnics can be pretty wasteful and while many things like napkins and paper products can be tossed in the fire or composted, Styrofoam and plastic lined cups can't be burned OR recycled so they get gathered and tossed in a dumpster. Over the last few years I have spent time finding and testing products that help reduce picnic waste AND make transporting and packing more convenient. Here are some eco-friendly alternatives that can help you reduce your plastic footprint while still enjoying a delicious meal outdoors. Let's dive into some creative solutions that I love that will make your next cookout more sustainable!

Why Palm Leaf Plates and Bowls are the Way to Go

Forget about flimsy plastic or styrofoam plates that end up in the landfill. Palm leaf plates and bowls are not only sturdy and durable, but they also add a touch of natural beauty to your table setting(we love an aesthetic moment). We source them from a small business in New Jersey who takes care to make sure the palm leaves are ethically sourced. Plus, they are 100% compostable/burnable so after a few uses (they wash easily if that's your thing!) you can use them to kindle your next campfire or feed your compost pile! 

Switch to Bamboo Utensils for a Sustainable Twist

Say goodbye to disposable plastic utensils that harm the environment. Bamboo utensils are a sturdy and eco-friendly alternative that can be reused time and time again if you want! They are lightweight, durable, and compostable, making them the perfect choice for your cookout.

Wrap Your Food in Beeswax for a Plastic-Free Solution

Instead of reaching for plastic wrap to cover your plates and wrap your cheese, opt for beeswax wraps. These reusable wraps are made from cotton infused with beeswax, tree resin, and jojoba oil, creating a natural and sustainable way to keep your food fresh. Simply wash them with cold/lukewarm water and mild soap, and they're ready to use again!

Find Package-Free Snacks and Fruit at Marilla's Mindful Supplies

Looking for some delicious snacks to enjoy at your picnic? You KNOW I'm going to tell ya to head over to Marilla's Mindful Supplies, where you can find a variety of package-free options. From nuts and dried fruits to locally sourced beans/grains/pasta, you can stock up on tasty treats without the plastic packaging. Power to the plastic free pasta salad people!!

By making these simple swaps and choices, you can easily reduce the amount of plastic waste generated during your BBQ's and picnics this summer! So next time you fire up the grill, remember to grab your palm leaf plates, bamboo utensils, beeswax wraps, and package-free snacks!!

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June 27, 2024 — Marilla Gonzalez

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