Dreaming of dining barefoot in the park or feasting with silky sand beneath your toes? Before you head off to frolic in the summer sun with picnic basket in hand, be cognizant of your personal impact. Try these sustainable swaps when planning your next green picnic:

Flatware, Steel and Sustainable Surfaces

1. Bambu Flatware Set & Bambu Dinner Plates: Why use plastic cutlery when you can enjoy flatware made from a renewable resource like certified organic bamboo? While you’re channeling your inner panda, add bamboo plates to the mix.

2. Fresco Picnic Set: Cute and convenient, this set consists of four bowls/plates, cups and a salad bowl. It comes in two color options made from bamboo fiber and is PVC-, BPA- and phthalate-free.

3. Table in a Bag: Derived from FSC-certified mahogany, this gray-finished table is as beautiful as it is practical. It can be rolled up and carried in the accompanying cotton canvas tote.

4. Summer BBQ Kit: Steal a date for two with this kit that includes stainless-steel divider serving trays, two sporks and two napkins made from 100 percent cotton. Pair them with Stainless Steel Tumblers to keep beverages chilled and waste nonexistent. These goods are dishwasher-safe, nontoxic and reusable.

Photo: ECOlunchbox

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