How to prepare a zero waste picnic?
Hello lovers of the great outdoors, good times spent with friends or family! You like to enjoy nature and its green spaces. But, in these times of pandemic, curfew and forced confinement, outdoor recreation, I should rather say leisure time, is becoming rare.
However, if you see the glass half full, you can take advantage of all that forced time of having to stay home wisely and do all the little things you usually reserve for rainy Sundays.
Once all its tasks have been completed, you may ask yourself some existential questions such as: how to set up my kitchen in zero waste mode? Are organic textiles really ecological? Or, are bamboo toothbrushes made in France? Let me tell you that if you ask yourself questions like this, you have a dominant green side! I invite you then to consult our blog: L’éco ma g in which we take great pleasure in developing this subject through our articles and in praising the benefits and uses of our emblematic plant, I mean of course bamboo.
To come to the subject of this article, once the confinement is over, you will very quickly be tempted to finally be able to enjoy a sunny weekend for your “post-confinement picnic”.
HOW TO PREPARE AN ECOLOGICAL PICNIC?
Whether it’s a picnic with friends or family, we often find the same foods, accessories and utensils that make a picnic a picnic: the cooler or the wicker basket, the checkered tablecloth, the cutlery plastic or those of the house, packets of crisps as well as ready-made salads.
However, to prepare an eco-friendly picnic, it will be necessary to rethink certain elements mentioned above in an eco-responsible version. Bonus: discover some practical recipes for a picnic via the video below.
ZERO WASTE CHIPS RECIPE
Chips ! These little vegetable petals fried or golden in the oven find their place in many convivial moments of our daily life. The same goes for a picnic.
However, the packaging of the crisps is made of very thin plastic and aluminum, which poses a problem when it comes to recycling . Also, I encourage you to make your own chips. Here is a recipe for anti-waste chips very suitable for camping and picnic days .
SHOPPING WITHOUT PACKAGING
The first step will be to shop for your eco-responsible picnic. To do this, we will have to avoid all plastic packaging and prefer local markets present in all cities. Consider getting fabric food bags to avoid plastic ones.
You also have the solution of doing your shopping in bulk in certain organic stores such as bio cop. There is also the mobile bulk which is a truck converted into a grocery store offering to sell you all their food and non-food products without packaging.
All you have to do is go to their point of sale, with your own containers to fill them and thus avoid packaging. You will have everything you need to make your zero waste snacks and sandwiches.
USEFUL ACCESSORIES FOR AN ECOLOGICAL PICNIC
This is often where most people get fooled! In fact, you have seen the appearance in supermarkets of natural fiber containers, plates, forks, knives, spoons and cups. Bamboo fiber is often put forward because this plant is considered the most ecological plant in the world. Indeed, its reputation is second to none. A word of advice: if you want to know more about bamboo, I invite you to consult this article on our blog: the benefits of bamboo. You should know that bamboo fiber is not environmentally friendly at all. Utensils made with this fiber often contain melamine
which heated to high temperature in microwaves can release carcinogens.
These have been recalled from supermarkets. I encourage you to be extra careful and to read product labels carefully. If you see viscose or melamine , you can be sure that the product in question is not as environmentally friendly as we would have you believe. Small clarification, the same goes for textiles. I invite you to read our article on this subject: Bamboo fiber and ecological textiles. At Bamboo Home Store, we guarantee that our products are made with respect for nature and without the addition of chemical substances.