8 Eco-Friendly Products for Your Next Picnic
A big part of picnic-planning is deciding what to pack in your proverbial basket—wine, perhaps, and picnic essentials like cheese, bread, fruit, and other snacks. But on your next outing, consider making sure your dishes and cups are just as environmentally-friendly as your surroundings. We’ve scoured the Internet for picnicware that’s designed to be more eco-friendly, ranging from compostable plates to paper straws. Check them out below:
Compostable Wooden Hot Dog Trays
Hot dogs are a picnic staple, and these wooden trays—made from balsa wood and wrapped in rice paper—are compostable and microwave-safe. (Although, we can’t imagine you’d have a microwave in the middle of the wilderness.)
Verterra Compostable Wooden Hot Dog & Sausage Tray (Set of 20), $20 at food52.com
These compostable plates come in a pack of 25, perfect for large parties. Plus, they’re made of fallen leaves, wood, and water, which is pretty cool.
Verterra Large Compostable Wooden Plates (Set of 25), $30 at food52.com
If you haven’t ditched plastic straws yet, here’s your opportunity. You can pick from two colors, and feel good about the purchase, since they’re compostable and made with food-safe paper and ink.
Paper Party Straws, Set of 25, $8 at surlatable.com
If you’re going to use compostable plates, you might as well get cutlery to match—luckily, Verterra makes that, too.
Verterra Compostable Wooden Cutlery (Set of 100), $26 at food52.com
These bags are compostable, unbleached, and USDA-Certified Biobased, so you can transport your snacks and sandwiches without worrying about the environment.
If You Care Compostable & Eco-Friendly Paper Sandwich Bags, Pack of 48, $6 at surlatable.com
We recently wrote about this reusable, biodegradeable Igloo cooler—the first of its kind—which officially launches on May 1. It can retain ice for up to 12 hours, and is water-resistant up to five days.
Igloo Recool Compostable Cooler, $10 at rei.com
Vericool Inc.’s new cooler—announced on May 2—is 100 percent biodegradable and recyclable. It's made with 100 percent post-consumer fiber and doesn’t have any paraffin wax, so you can picnic with a clear conscience. Pick from 18- and 42-quart sizes.
Vericool Recyclable and Biodegradable Ohana Cooler, $7.99 (42-quart) at shop.vericoolpackaging.com
Recycled Bamboo Picnic Set
This reusable Ekobo picnic set is made from recycled bamboo, and includes four cups, four plates, a salad bowl, and an “anti-slip tray top.” It’s a quick fix to make your next picnic more eco-friendly.
Ekobo Recycled Bamboo Picnic Set, $64 at food52.com