Eco-friendly tips for your next summer picnic

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Be smarter than your average picnic planner.

Among the many things, the pandemic unwittingly taught us was how to do stuff outside more.

So by now, our ability to nail down a great picnic spot should be second nature. The next step is the food, of course. Which leads to another thing the pandemic taught us -- awareness of the interconnectivity of our world, and that we should continue to make it healthier all around.

So here are some tips on how to plan an awesome and eco-friendly picnic this summer -- from the venerable and reliable World Wildlife Federation.

Plan Ahead
On the way out in the morning, our eyes can be bigger than our stomachs. Plan your meal so you don’t have a ton of leftovers. Bring reusable containers to take any leftovers home with you. And have a plan surrounding where to compost any scraps afterwards.

Ditch Single-Use Plastics
Opt for reusable items for transporting and serving food -- silverware, plates and cups, glass containers, water bottles, and cloth napkins. This helps limit waste and helps keep plastics out of the ecosystem.

Keep It Local
Try to pick a location that’s easily walk- or bikeable. It’s not just good for the ozone, it’s good for your ticker! If that perfect middle meeting point doesn’t exist, try to carpool or use public transportation. All this saves money on fuel and parking and reduces your environmental footprint.

Eat Mindfully
Use this as another chance to become a more conscious consumer. Buy nutritious foods, preferably in-season vegetables and fruits. And if you can get them from local farmers, all the better to understand where your food is coming from, and to help the local economy.

Shop Sustainably
And when you head back into the grocery store, read those labels when you shop. Seek out items that indicate their certification as sustainable or crafted from recycled or responsibly sourced materials.

And of course -- clean up after yourself!

For more ideas on how you can save the planet, visit 1Thing.

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