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We love our picnics in the summer and you will often find us packing up the car at the weekend with a picnic hamper filled with delicious food.  A long car drive and an adventure at one of the many beautiful country parks or National Trust locations near us is made even more perfect with a family fun-filled picnic.

Over the few years, and especially since becoming a parent, I’ve become more conscious about protecting our environment. I’ve addressed certain areas in my life, such as switching to some more natural beauty products and looking at the cleaning products that I use around the house. Also, has made me aware that our beloved family picnics could be made environmentally friendly by reducing the level of non-reusable plastic that we use. 

It’s been found that Brit’s use nearly 5 million tonnes of plastic each year, which is having an impact on our environment. I’m teaming up with BRITA for National Picnic Week (16th-25th June), to help share some top tips on how to cut your single-use plastic consumption, if you’re planning any picnics this weekend.  

Take Homemade Foods as Much as Possible

Most traditional picnic foods sold in the supermarkets are packaged in plastic. Handmaking all of your beautiful sandwiches and snacks at home can be healthier and more sustainable.

Check Out Your Local Markets

Head on down to your local markets and check out their choice of cheeses, meats, fruit, and baked goods to pack for your picnic.  They are usually packed in brown paper bags for your to carry them home in rather than the plastic bags usually provided by supermarkets. 

Leave the Plastic Cutlery at Home

Single use plastic cutlery may seem like a great and convenient idea, however, why not replace them with wooden cutlery or use some from home for less waste. 

Use Reusable Refillable Bottles

Shockingly, Brits throw away 7.7 billion single-use plastic bottles every year.  To help reduce this figure, BRITA has created a range of so that you can stay hydrated on the go and on your summer picnics.

I’m definitely more aware of the use of single-use plastic now that we take a picnic out with us so often these days. I love our wicker picnic basket that comes with reusable cutlery, cups, and plates, which means that we produce less waste. 

* This post was commissioned by BRITA but all opinions are my own.