Zero Waste Summer: Picnic, BBQ, Festivals, Parties
In summer everybody is enjoying being outside, having picnics and BBQ's in the park or at the beach.
Have you noticed the huge amount of trash being left behind after such events?
Bins are mostly too small and don't have lids so birds or the wind can take the trash easily out of there. If the bin is too full humans leave the trash just beside. Some people sadly just leave the trash on the spot when they leave the place.
So let's talk about what you can do to make summer picnics, bbq's, outdoor birthday parties more classy than trashy:
It is not only about reducing what we are sending to landfill, it is also about having a nice and clean surrounding. If the summer season is here and everybody is enjoying to be outside a lot of trash is appearing too.
The easiest way to avoid single use disposables is to bring and use reusables.
If you are invited to a birthday party or picnic where you don't know if they provide reusables or if you know they only provide disposable, bring your own cup, cutlery, plate and water bottle.
If you are planning a party yourself, ask around in your neighborhood (a few days/weeks before) if someone has or could collect jars for you, so you can offer your guests reusables to drink from.
Same with cutlery, if you don't have enough, ask friends or buy some cheap reusables in thrift stores/op shops. If you can/want, ask your friends to bring reusables to the picnic/party. And explain why.
Bring your reusable cup and spoon to the ice cream shop if you don't like or can't eat cones (gluten).
And if you are a smoker and there is no bin close by, please collect your butts in a carry on butt box or something else (match box) and dispose properly.
If it will be a big party, or if you are organizing a few events a year, do some research if there is a place that does recycle butts. Terra Cycle offers Zero Waste boxes for Cigarettes too.
I also created a small video about this topic. If you like to watch videos check it out here :) or just continue reading...
Tips for Picnics, BBQ's, Parties:
Tips for going to a festival or beach party:
Bring your own reusables too... If it is a festival where you need to go through security, leave stainless steel stuff at home. They might not be allowed because of security reasons.
Bring reusables made of other material: a bamboo spork, bamboo or paper plate, a reusable plastic cup/bamboo cup for drinks and a paper straw/bamboo straw if you like to drink smoothies, etc.
Sometimes they offer freebies like really cheap sunnies, flyers, plastic stuff, balloons, sweet drinks in plastic bottles. You can just refuse them if you don't want them and if you want to make your visit a zero waste/minimal waste visit. Refusing free stuff is the hardest part sometimes.
But if you really think about it:
Level up your lifestyle ;-)
For me it is not only about the waste, but also about the taste. Drinks out of glass, ceramic or stainless steel, food from real forks, and from a ceramic/stainless steel plate tastes just so much better. And it looks much better too ;)
Enjoy all the summer days that are coming! And make some happy choices.
Find your favorite zero waste essentials here -> Zero Waste Basics
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Hi my name is Jule
I am a nature and ocean lover. A passionate runner and minimalistic traveller. On this blog I share my experiences, thoughts and ideas about the "sustainable lifestyle" and how you can stick to this while traveling.
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