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How to Have a Waste-Free Picnic

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Packing for a waste-free summer picnic is easier than you might think. The hardest part may just be finding a basket or bag that’s big enough to hold all your goodies. 

Eat seasonally

To clarify, you should eat daily. But if you want your daily eats to support local farms and be at their peak flavor, try eating according to what’s in season. This summer’s produce lineup stars:

  • 🍓 Strawberries
  • 🍉 Melon
  • 🍋 Citrus
  • 🍅 Tomatoes
  • 🍑 Peaches
  • 🍍 Pineapple
  • 🥝 Golden kiwis
  • 🍒 Cherries
  • 🌶 Peppers

Skip plastic containers

Head to the farmers market before your picnic or pick produce from Imperfect that comes in its own biodegradable “packaging” like peels and rinds. If you’re packing food, your sandwich doesn’t need to last forever; it just needs to make it to the park, so consider these options:

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Spent coffee grounds, an extra onion-half, and the heels from a loaf of bread are no longer burdens but an opportunity for a waste-free picnic spread.  

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An extra onion half and a lumpy tomato are no longer burdens but an opportunity to make a fancy breakfast frittata. 

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This recipe makes even the heels of your loaf of bread something to look forward to.

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Fruit infused water

Not so much a recipe as it is a great idea. Instead of cans and bottles, pack fruit infused water in Mason jars

Snacks to stuff into a big old tote bag

Look for these easy-to-pack snacks next time you’re shopping with Imperfect!

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Organic Chocolatey Banana Nut Trail Mix 

Leftover cashew pieces and not-quite-ripe bananas join chunks of chocolate for this organic trek mix.

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 It’s a sweet snack that keeps leftover rainbow sprinkles from going to waste.

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  • Rebecca Albjerg
    June 7, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    Tupperware is a great product, reusable plastic!

    • Imperfect Foods
      June 10, 2021 at 8:30 pm

      Very true! Glass is also a great option for reusable containers!

  • MG
    September 2, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Hi, which silicone bento box system is pictured in the first photo of this article? Thanks!

    • Imperfect
      September 29, 2021 at 9:30 pm

      Just one we had on hand honestly! But you can definitely find one similar online! 💚


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