Guest blog post by Small & Wild
Spring is here and Summer is near! It is the perfect time to spend time in the great outdoors. What better way to enjoy it than with a picnic? A picnic with single-use products such as plastic sandwich bags and wrappers create lots of waste for the environment. Instead, opt for reusable options when packing and preparing for a picnic. Here is a list of everything you need for a planet friendly picnic; from what to pack to yummy recipes.
What to pack?
Start by packing the eco-friendly essentials. Reusable materials are the best way to reduce the risk of leaving behind rubbish.
You will need a picnic blanket to sit on, PACMAT is easy to pack, light and compact, and comfy with lots of prints and designs.
Instead of using single-use plastic bags or clingfilm for snacks, use Beeswax Wraps as a more sustainable and less wasteful option to keep your food fresh.
Cheeky Panda biodegradable handy wipes are 100% natural antibacterial wipes that are made from bamboo fibres that breakdown in compost. These are a great sustainable option for keeping your hands clean.
Don’t forget to pack your Small & Wild insulated reusable bottle. It is perfect for keeping beverages nice and cold for days in the sun. It is also super eco-friendly and ideal for refilling and reusing on-the-go.
Finally, always take a spare bag to take any rubbish home in.
What to eat and drink
A simple houmus dip with a side of chopped veggies and toasted pitta is a great snack to start off. It takes little preparation, and it is easy to pack.
Make your own trail mix with an assortment of nuts and dried fruit. Guaranteed to keep everyone well fueled
It is also important to stay hydrated. Stay away from sugary juices and substitute by brewing some Small & Wild iced tea, choose from fruity favourites Jolly Croc and Merry Tiger. The whole range is natural, caffeine free with no added sugar or nasties.
Where to go?
The UK offers thousands of impeccable picnic spots from the countryside to the coast. If you are looking to have a beachside picnic by the water, Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire is the prime location. It also has many activities around the area such as exploring the sand dunes, taking a stroll along the coast, or even a dip in the sea. If you want more of a countryside feel Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire is the place to be. There is lots of wildlife as well as numerous activities to participate in, such as exploring the Georgian mansion.
There are also many wonderful places to picnic around the London area. The city offers a wide range of parks to explore and enjoy nature. Hyde Park is a beautiful place to sit by the scenic Serpentine or the magnificent rose garden. Hampstead Heath is another perfect destination for an afternoon picnic, with its vast green spaces and stunning view of the city skyline from the top of Parliament Hill. Sit next to the lake and enjoy watching wildlife at St. James’s Park as you have a bite to eat.
A planet friendly picnic is a great way to get out appreciating nature as a family, whilst making sure we respect it. Enjoy!