Environment, Food & Drink

Make Your Picnic Greener : 8 Simple Swaps and Tips

As we approach two consecutive bank holidays and warmer weather beckons, many people will be packing a picnic – but how many will be considering sustainability?  To see just how simple swaps could make a difference, SuperBee analysed a typical picnic setup and calculated the environmental impact of replacing single-use items with reusable, eco-friendly options.  Here’s what they found:

  • Using beeswax wraps instead of plastic wrap or aluminium foil can save 1.2 million square feet of plastic waste per year.
  • Choosing reusable cutlery, plates, and cups can prevent 6.5 million pounds of single-use plastic from entering landfills and oceans annually.
  • Opting for cloth napkins over paper napkins can reduce paper waste by 2.5 million pounds each year.

Antoinette Jackson, Founder of SuperBee, is passionate about empowering people to make environmentally-conscious choices that are both convenient and stylish and has put together a list of simple swaps that can make your picnic just as enjoyable with a significantly reduced impact on the environment.

Antoinette’s Eco- friendly Picnic Tips and Swaps:

  1. Swap plastic wrap or aluminum foil for beeswax wraps: Beeswax wraps are reusable, biodegradable, and a perfect alternative to single-use plastic or aluminum.
  1. Choose reusable cutlery, plates, and cups: Instead of disposable items, bring along a set of reusable, lightweight, and easy-to-clean cutlery, plates, and cups.
  2. Opt for cloth napkins over paper napkins: Cloth napkins are a stylish, reusable, and eco-friendly alternative to single-use paper napkins.
  3. Bring a reusable water bottle: Ditch single-use plastic bottles and carry a reusable water bottle, which can be refilled throughout the day.
  4. Pack food in reusable containers: Use reusable containers or silicone food storage bags to store your picnic treats, reducing the need for disposable packaging.
  5. Support local and organic produce: Choose locally-grown, seasonal, and organic food items for your picnic. This helps reduce carbon emissions from transportation and supports local farmers.
  6. Carpool or use public transport: Reduce your carbon footprint by carpooling with friends or using public transportation to reach your picnic destination.
  7. Clean up responsibly: Leave no trace behind by packing out all your trash and recycling, and ensure the picnic area is left as clean as, or cleaner than, when you arrived.

Antoinette Jackson, Founder of SuperBee, explains:

“Adopting eco-friendly habits during our picnics is a small yet powerful way to contribute to a healthier environment. By making these simple swaps, we can significantly reduce waste and minimize our carbon footprint. At SuperBee, our aim is to provide stylish, convenient, and eco-conscious alternatives that not only enhance the picnic experience but also inspire a collective effort towards a more sustainable future. Remember, every small change adds up, and together, we can make a substantial positive impact on our planet.”

 

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