EVERYONE is welcome to join us in Aireville Park this Sunday, for fun and games and a Great Get Together picnic in memory of Jo Cox MP. Read on for Plastic Free Skipton’s Top Ten Tips on making it a zero waste picnic. The best picnic-maker on Sunday will be awarded a gorgeous bamboo lunch box.
TIP #1 Reusable packaging
Avoid clingfilm and plastic bags where possible. Simply pop your rolls or sandwiches in a tupperware box or re-use a bread bag, cereal liner, margarine tub, etc. Carry everything in a backpack, cloth bag or even a picnic hamper.
TIP #2 Homemade is best
Make your own pasta or salads in your own containers – that way you’ll avoid lots of plastic supermarket packaging. Just remember to pack your own (reusable) plates and cutlery. Try making your own dips too – houmous is a simple one to whizz up. Scoop it into a glass jar, chop up some veg to dip in it and you’ve got a healthy, yummy starter.
TIP #3 Nature’s packaging
Many foods come in their own natural packaging – bananas, oranges, hard-boiled eggs. Any peel or shell can then go in a compost bin. Apples are a great fruit for transporting without needing packaging.
TIP #4 BYO drinks
Take a metal water bottle with you – and maybe a flask if it’s likely to be chilly. If you’ll be passing a cafe, you could take a keep cup for your own waste-free takeout.
TIP #5 Home baking
Food items that don’t need individual packaging are always a winner. Bake cookies or slice up flapjack and carry them in a tub or tin.
TIP #6 Butchers and bakeries
If you’re running late, you could always pick up a tasty sausage roll, pork pie or veggie alternative from one of our many yummy butchers or bakeries. Take your own container with you and you won’t even need a paper bag to put it in.
TIP #7 Food to share
Avoid leftovers by bringing food that you can share around. A tray bake always goes down nicely.
TIP #8 Ban the baby wipes
Why add to your plastic waste (and shopping bill) by using disposable wipes when a damp face cloth does very nicely. Just store it in a small tub for the journey.
TIP #9 Take recycling home
Recycling bins are harder to find when you’re out and about so if you do have some recyclable waste then take it home to your own blue bin. Collect crisp packets and biscuit wrappers and take them to Steep & Filter’s recycling station on your next trip down Otley Street.
TIP #10 Spread the word
Share these top tips with others and we’ll be able to eliminate even more plastic waste from the system.
In a nutshell, think REUSABLE rather than DISPOSABLE and you can’t go wrong.