Before we know it, the seasons will change, temperatures will drop, and school will be back in session. Before the beauty of summer comes to a screeching halt, take advantage of the wonderful, warm weather and head outside for an eco-friendly picnic! Here are our top tips for a sustainable, al fresco meal that won’t overwhelm your carbon footprint!
Cook Green: Head to your neighborhood farmer’s market and choose locally grown, organic ingredients to prepare your own healthy, seasonal meal. Fruits and vegetables will never be as sweet and fresh as they are right now, and they’ll certainly taste better than anything processed or pre-packaged.
Pack Your Dishes: Make sure to pack your picnic basket with reusable plates, cups, silverware and napkins. Disposable products spend years piled up in a landfill, creating tremendous amounts of waste. Bring your real dishes and let your dishwasher do the cleanup once you get home.
Forget the Basket: Don’t worry about buying a proper picnic basket. A few reusable grocery bags, a small duffel or even a backpack make for convenient methods to tote your eats.
Travel Locally: Wondering where you should lay your blanket? Pick a pretty place that’s accessible on foot or by riding your bike. When you avoid the carbon emissions that driving creates, it’s yet another step in the right direction for a carbon-neutral picnic.
Spray Sustainably: Check the ingredients on your sunscreen and bug repellants to ensure that you use toxin-free lotions and sprays. Low or no-chemical sunscreens are fairly easy to find on store shelves, and a few sprigs of lavender, mint or rosemary will naturally repel mosquitoes from your picnic.
Offset the Extras: If it’s a little complicated to accommodate all these eco-friendly swaps, balance out the carbon footprint of your picnic with carbon offsets from terrapass. For less than you’ll spend on that pre-made pasta salad, your purchase of carbon offsets will support renewable energy projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow climate change. Click here for more information on purchasing terrapass carbon offsets.
Spend the rest of the summer sustainably! We’ll be sharing tips and information on living your greenest life, right here on the terrapass Footprint Blog. And stay up to date with us on Facebook and Twitter, where you’ll find more helpful articles and links on maintaining the smallest carbon footprint possible.