Eco-friendly Picnic and a Giveaway!

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I think it’s really summer.  Picnic season is here and I thought I would share some easy eco-friendly tips on how to pack a greener picnic.  Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of the post with a great prize pack to get you started.

1. Use reusable plate, cups, cutlery and napkins

We got this picnic backpack as a wedding gift.  I love it.  We have brought it down to the beach for evening lobster bakes and now pack it up for family picnics. (Here is a link to a similar one at Amazon)

If you don’t want to lug around reusable cutlery, you can now opt for compostable wooden ones.  I LOVE these ones from Tulle & Twig.  What a fun way to spice up the picnic or backyard BBQ.

2. Pack snacks, fruits, sandwiches and other goodies in reusable bags from Itzy Ritzy and EcoDitty.

The Eco Ditty bag on top is made from only organic cotton and has a velcro closure.  It’s great for dry items, but washes great when pb&j; leaks out.
The Itzy Ritzy snack bag is a new love for three reasons.
      1. It is basically waterproof so it’s great for wet grapes and the like.
      2. It’s the perfect size for my iPhone for the beach.
      3. It has a zipper.  Zippers are a lot quieter in church than velcro.
I only have one of the mini snack bags and I think I need to get a few more since they are just the right size.  I don’t love that it says line dry because I need to fish it out of the wash.  Obviously it has made its way into the dryer once or twice and so far it still seems fine.

I also use snack bags from ReSnackIt (they have held up machine washed for over two years) and PlanetWise has one that wipes clean.

Save some green and just reuse your empty bread bags.  Not nearly as cute but they get the job done.

3. Offer the kids healthy snacks like fresh fruit, hummus and cheese instead of processed chips and crackers.  I also really like the squeezable pouches for kids.  If I don’t have any applesauce in the house to refill my own refillable squeeze pouches, I opt for a healthy puree from Ella’s Kitchen.  They are organic and have a range of squeezes, including baby food-like banana and pears.  There are also the “brekkies” that include some brown rice and yogurt and are great for when your kids don’t really eat the dinner at the picnic but you don’t want them to go hungry.  Both of mine will eat them at age 3 and one.   Shhh…don’t tell them how healthy the broccoli, pears and peas one is.  They LOVE it.

For the older kids, the Welches fruit snacks are handy to pack.  If you are past the worry of choking in the car stage, they are great for car trips.

4. Bring home your recyclables.  Sometimes you do end up with water bottles and cans of seltzer/soda/beer because it’s easy and convenient. Take the time to repack them and recycle them when you can at home.

5. Pack your own bibs instead of using disposable ones for the littles.  It’s a little more laundry but you are always doing laundry anyways if you have bib-wearing littles in your house.

6. Pack your favorite water bottle instead of many small, plastic water bottles.  We also have a large water cooler that we pack for the beach and use it to refill our water bottles during the day.  I switched to the Klean Kanteen because it has an opening big enough for ice.  It was crazy to me how many don’t open wide enough for ice.  Warm water at a picnic or the beach…no thanks.

7. Prep your food before you go.  This will cut down on the extra packaging you need to dispose of while away from home.

8. Pack non-electric games, like cards or encourage the kids to play hide and seek.  Use the picnic time as offline time.

Our playgroup annual pizza night picnic

Ok, now it’s GIVEAWAY time! $75 value!
Here is what you will win…
*2 Mini Snack Bags from Itzy Ritzy
*One Snack and One Sandwich Bag from EcoDitty
*Ella’s Kitchen sample pack
*Welch’s Fruit Snack pack
*Tulle and Twig 20 piece cutlery pack

Enter via Rafflecopter below.  Contest ends June 29th at midnight.  Winners must have a US address.  Winner will be notified via email.

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About Emily Roach

Green Boston mom of three young children. Focused on family nutrition, wholesome recipes, and an eco-friendly lifestyle.


  1. lots of family time by the pool!

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

  2. I am looking forward to three weeks at the Cape, and spending every non-rainy day the beach! Yeah!

  3. I love any weather warranting a picnic with the family. Your post is a wonderful reminder to reuse the wonderful and eco-friendly items we already have around the house. Thank you!

  4. I'm looking forward to our beach vacation at the end of July.

  5. Jodi R. says:

    I have wanted to get some of the reusable fabric bags. Thanks for the reminder. We love picnics

  6. greening my kitchen and planting some herbs in the garden-cant wait to get out there. thanks

  7. Such great tips, Emily! Thanks.

  8. We keep our picnic set in the car – it always comes in handy. We even have two that now stay in the car because we're growing as a group.

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  9. I love picnics. We enjoy the mostly sunny Florida weather. Thanks for the chance to win this great package.

  10. Camping!

  11. I am looking forward to spending time with my family and relaxing.
    twinkle at optonline dot net

  12. Looking forward to lots of fun in the sun!

  13. Great post! It's time to picnic!

  14. Time hanging out! I also can't wait for our camping trip to DC!

  15. relaxing away from all the elementary kids I work with and spending time with my daughter:)
    hebb dot julie at gmail dot com

  16. having my sister-in-law and niece visit us from Ireland for 2 weeks!

  17. I'm looking forward to taking my kids to the beach!

  18. We're eating outside every chance we get this summer!

  19. Swimming in the pool

  20. I'm looking forward to swimming this summer.
    Jennifer C
    jenswps at yahoo . com

  21. Less "wait a second, I'm busy" and more " let's do it""

  22. I am looking forward to family visiting us!

  23. Just having more time to spend with the family

  24. I am looking forward to lots of days at the beach
    ufg8trj at yahoo dot com

  25. Having a baby. :)

  26. I am looking forward to days at the lake.

  27. Spending some quality time with the kids and some camping.

  28. I'm looking forward to the fourth of july fireworks this summer.

  29. I am looking forward to possibly a week of consecutive days over 80 degrees.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Ginger b.
    Timelyone at hotmail dot com

    Swimming with the family

  31. Spending time with my kids outside! thank you! kelsonc23 at yahoo dot dom

  32. Swimming! My daughter just cant get enough of the pool!

  33. Jessica T. says:

    I am looking forward to taking my son to the water park!

  34. being off work and having more time with my daughter before she starts kindergarten!

  35. spending time outside with my baby girl.

  36. The big family camping trips!!!

  37. going to the beach

  38. I'm looking forward to going to the zoo

  39. I'm looking forward to our State Fair at the end of August!

  40. I am looking forward to the beach!!

  41. alicia zirjacks says:

    I am looking forward to fishing!

  42. I'm looking forward to my hubbies vacation in Mid-July so we can spend some family time together.

  43. I'm looking forward to concerts at our local bandshell and going to Yellowstone in August. Yay! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  44. As a matter of FACT – it just so happens that one of the Summer activities we love the most is taking PICNICS down to the beach and watching the Sunset over the Lake…

    Jesselyn A/Jesstinger

  45. Working in the garden,and swimming w/the kids!

  46. Hi,

    This summer I am looking forward to going to visit my Mother and StepFather. Thanks for the Giveaway !

  47. Terri Menke says:

    Spending time with the kids!

  48. Gardening, beach, pool


  49. Going to the beach :)

    danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

  50. relaxing by the pool

  51. BBQ's :)

  52. I look forward to summer barbeques

  53. Spending as much time with my kids as possible. This is their last summer before they start pre-k & Kindergarten!

    jaymeborici AT yahoo DOT com

  54. Jessica Rose says:

    Camping trip to Bear Island!

    ijessica_r at yahoo dot com

  55. Lots of time in the water with the kids!
    Jen Whitten

  56. Swimming!

  57. Looking forward to long bike rides to great parks

  58. Easy — I am looking forward to my wedding! :)

  59. Going to the beach, having picnics and spending time with my family.


  60. I'm looking forward to the beach and some late night cocktails by our amazing pool!

  61. Trips to the park with my nieces and nephews.

  62. This would be amazing for those pool days

  63. I am looking forward to the warm weather, hopefully.

  64. I am looking forward to more bicycle rides, swimming, camping and visiting family!

  65. Swimming, lots and lots of swimming! momlovesdeals at gmail dot com

  66. Spending time with my kids :) My oldest starts preschool this year so I want to do as much as I can with him this summer :)

  67. spending time with my hubby while he is on leave from the army…

  68. chris z says:

    im looking forward to swimming

  69. I'm looking forward to spending time with my family and taking my toddler to the beach and zoo for the first time! :)

    octoberthings at gmail dot com

  70. I am looking forward to spending lots of time at the local water park.
    -Heather S

  71. going swimming

  72. I'm looking forward to lots of swimming (and maybe a fun beach trip!)

  73. Will love going to the beach and waterparks this year. Email: yona(at)

  74. Iliana R says:

    I am looking forward to my three week vacation!

  75. going to the beach!

  76. A trip to Disneyland :)

  77. I like swimming in the lake. Thank you


  78. Looking forward to the beach.

  79. I am looking forward to the end, lol. We have gotten past the fun part and now it is miserable here! I live in GA and it was 104 today and humid!

  80. Kayaking and spending time at each with kids.

  81. I am looking forward to camping and swimming with my family :)

  82. i'm looking forward to getting a tan.

  83. spending time with my kids! heinzmom at hotmail dot com

  84. Nikki Lynn Hanna says:

    I am looking forward to grilling out with the family and spending a lot of time at the beach with my husband and daughter

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