1. Buy Bulk. Reduce waste and expenses by eliminating individual cans, bottles, condiments and individually wrapped cutlery.  Large coolers and bulk dispensing is the way to go.

2. Stay local. Don’t make people drive long distances to get to the picnic spot.  You’ll save gas, time and minimize pollution.  If you have to drive far, then carpool.  Give incentives to those that ride their bike.

3. Recycle.  Seems simple enough but most people don’t want to walk the extra 10 feet to put something in the recycling bin.  If you are going to have a lot of aluminum cans and plastic bottles at your picnic make sure you have multiple, noticeable, recycling bins.  Even better, set your goal to have a zero-waste event with everything reusable.  Frisbees make a great plate and wonderful gift.

4. Use natural and organic food.  Bring foods that are locally grown and feed money into your community.  It is usually cheaper and better for the environment because no pesticides or additives were used.

5. Clean up. Clean up and make sure that nothing was left behind.  Leave your picnic ground the way you found it.