Green your pic-i-nic basket
- Biodegradable plates: Look for biodegradable plates made from cane fibers that can be tossed in the compost pile after the picnic. (Treecycle)
- Utensils: Cutlery made from potato starch will decompose when the meal is done. (Real Goods)
- Compostable cups and straws: Made from a corn-based plastic, these compostable cups and straws will break down quickly in your compost pile. (Eco-Products)
Picnic politely: The best part about a picnic is that it gets you and your family outdoors. So be sure to give your kids (and yourself!) plenty of time to explore when you’re finished eating. But be careful to teach children (and pets) to respect the flora and fauna you encounter. In other words, don’t pick flowers or feed or harass any wildlife. Pack a pair of binoculars so kids can get a close look at the natural world around them, and a small sketch book so that they can record what they see.
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