Being cooped up inside is such a drag! Now that summer is here I’m ready to adventure outside to parks and my friends’ backyards for some picnic fun.
At first, planning a picnic can be kind of tricky. I need an easy way to transport everything from my house and want my food to stay fresh. On top of that, I don’t want to pollute my surroundings and body with toxic waste. That’s a lot to think about!
Picnics can turn into plastic city if you aren’t careful. Plastic is laced with toxic chemicals
that leach into liquids and food. One of those chemicals, Bisphenol-A (BPA), is linked to increased breast cancer cell growth. Using reusable and BPA-free products decreases your risk.
Ditch the toxins and use these simple alternatives for hosting a non-toxic picnic!
Plastic Sucks! reusable cups and straws
Stainless steel and BPA-free bottles and cups, found at Klean Kanteen
, keep toxins out of your beverage of choice. Say no to disposable plastic straws and choose ones made of glass
Plastic Sucks! reusable utensils, dishes and napkins
Eat with bamboo or stainless steel forks
, spoons and knives. Bring dishes from your home or buy biodegradable plates. Instead of paper napkins use cloth! Bandanas make the perfect napkin and can double as a decoration. A little more cleanup time is way less harmful than dumping a bunch of plastic back into the world.
Choose glass or BPA-free containers
When you’re out and about in the sun, you don’t want your healthy eats and drinks to have BPA silently leaching into it! Find a glass pitcher with a secure lid so you can set it down on the ground or picnic table without worrying about any spillage. Pack your food in glass or ceramic containers. If for some reason you’d rather use plastic, at least find a brand that uses BPA-free materials.
Maybe you plan on picking up a pre-made meal from a restaurant or grocery store. Take your own containers to avoid their plastic and Styrofoam. Styrofoam is made with a chemical called styrene, which the EPA classifies as a suspected carcinogen and endocrine disrupter
Skip fatty mayo-based dips, greasy deep fried chicken and hot dogs with sodium nitrate
(it’s linked to an increased risk of cancer). Opt instead for homemade guacamole and healthy sandwiches with plenty of organic veggies. Avoid plastic Ziploc bags and use these reusable Wrap-N-Mat bags
Sweet Tooth Alternatives
Chocolate and other sweet treats are my weakness. When I go out to eat, I check the dessert situation first and THEN decide how much of my main course I’ll eat. But let's be real, added sugar isn't that great for us. Sugar has been linked to many health problems
, which means I have to be extra careful about what I’m putting into my body. Instead of a sugary cake, brownies and cookies, stick with fruit!
Fourth of July Inspired Fruit Skewers
What you need:
1 carton of strawberries
1 carton of blueberries
Wash the strawberries and blueberries. Slice strawberries into fourths and bananas into ½ inch or 1 inch rounds. Thread fruit onto skewers any way you desire. (In the photo: Alternate between bananas and strawberries first. Thread blueberries on top.) You can display them in glass mason jars to keep them upright like a bouquet.
Non Toxic Sunscreen
Appreciating the summer sunshine is one of the best parts about having a picnic. The sun produces Vitamin D in your body, which reduces the risk of breast, colon and ovarian cancers. You don’t want to overdo it though. It’s important to use a non-toxic sunscreen to prevent skin damage. Some brands use ingredients that disrupt hormones and cause skin allergies.
To learn which sunscreen is safe to use
, check out our Toxic VS. Epic Sunscreen Guide
that we partnered with Environmental Working Group (EWG) on.