Planning a picnic? Forget single-use cutlery, plastic food bags and disposable plates which will end up in landfill, and opt for one of these tried and tested eco-friendly alternatives, so you can pack a picnic knowing you’re doing your bit for the planet.


Whether you’re taking homemade picnic treats to the park, the beach or on a camping trip, we’ve rounded up some of the most practical buys, including reusable cups, cutlery, plates, napkins, food boxes and bottles. We looked for products that are lightweight enough to be packed up and carried easily; sturdy and durable enough that they can be used time and time again for years to come; easy to clean; and made from compostable, recyclable or recycled materials.

From colourful cotton napkins and comfortable, recycled picnic blankets to reusable cutlery and crockery, read on to discover the best eco-friendly picnic products for summer 2023.

Best eco-friendly picnic products

Fruit garden rice husk storage tubs, set of 3

Made from innovative rice husk, these storage tubs are just the thing to tuck into your picnic hamper. In three sizes decorated with apples, strawberries and lemons for all your picnic needs: use the smallest one for berries, fill the medium tub with sandwiches and pop a cake in the big tub.

Available from:
Emma Bridgewater (£34)

Coral reef plates, set of 2

Coral Reef Plates - Set of 4 by Emilie O'Connor

Not only are these striking coral-reef design bamboo plates lightweight, they’re also dishwasher safe and part of the profits made from their sale also goes towards helping restore coral reefs.

Available from:
Fy! (£22 for 2)

SIGG Traveller Bottle (0.6l)

SIGG Traveller Bottle 0.6 L

A good reusable water bottle is a must for staying hydrated at a picnic. Our managing editor Lulu Grimes swears by this large, durable, reusable bottle, which keeps drinks cold on a hot day and lasts years (five and counting for Lulu!). Choose from a variety of different sizes and a range of trendy colours.

Elephant Box stainless steel cups

Stainless steel cups

Made from food-grade stainless steel, these are not only sturdy and long lasting, they’re also lightweight, dishwasher safe and won’t impart any flavour to drinks, making them ideal for taking on picnics, camping, on a walk or to a festival.

Available from:
Elephant Box (£28 for 4)

Marley’s Unpaper Towels – rainbow

12 reusable unpaper towels-rainbow-Marleys Monsters

If you’re hosting for more of a crowd, this pack of 12 colourful cotton towels is really practical – not only are they great for wiping hands, they’re also absorbent enough to clean up any spillages (and great for cleaning kitchen surfaces with at home, too).

Available from:
Peace with the Wild (£24.50)

Stainless steel spork

Stainless steel spork

Packing really light? If you want to downsize even further from the cutlery set above, this pocket-friendly spoon-fork combo is a great option, which comes in a little cotton pouch to keep it clean in your bag.

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Available from:
Elephant Box (£8.50)

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