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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 2022.

13 of the 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 (£60)

Kyoto salad forks

Serve up a salad in style with these eye-catching salad servers. Made from spun bamboo, we love the raspberry pink but they are available in a range of colours including bright orange, turquoise and deep red.

Available from:
Fy! (£15)

Animal picnic tumblers, set of four

This set of four picnic tumblers (with a generous 400ml capacity) are also made of bamboo and are lightweight and shatter resistant. The different jungle-themed patterns make it easy to keep track of your cup on a crowded barbecue table, plus they’re dishwasher safe too for easy clean up.

Available from:
Yvonne Ellen (£20)
Trouva (£19.99)

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)

John Lewis & Partners Levantine Square Cotton Napkins, set of 4

John Lewis & Partners Levantine Square Cotton Napkins, set of 4

These brightly coloured napkins can be machine washed and reused time and time again. Great for a picnic, they also look lovely on a summery dinner table.

Berghoff Leo stainless steel cutlery set

BergHOFF Leo cutlery set

Stainless steel cutlery might be heavier than bamboo or plastic, but it feels much nicer to eat from, it’s easy to clean, and it will last forever. We like this neat set, kept together in a silicone pouch – great for taking to picnics or for lunches in the office.

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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.

Eco lunch bag

Eco Lunch Bag

This insulated, paper-bag style food bag not only looks trendy, it’s great for keeping food fresh, including tall items and sandwiches – just pop an ice block in with the food on a hot day. As well as picnics it’s perfect for taking lunch to school or the office.

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 (£23 for 4)

Eco picnic cups, set of 6

Eco Picnic Cups Set Of 6

This set of coloured tumblers is great for both kids and adults. Made from a mix of bamboo and corn fibres with melamine resin, they’re lightweight yet durable and are fully biodegradable at the end of their life.

Available from:
Nisi Living (£25)

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 (£20)

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.

Available from:
Elephant Box (£8.50)
Eco Market Store (£7)
Plastic Freedom (£8.50)

Yellow bamboo bowl with lid

Yellow Bamboo Bowl With Lid

Sturdy yet light, this bright bamboo box is great for keeping small salads or snacks in – the silicone band keeps it firmly shut, while the bamboo lid is useful for chopping on. Picnics aside, it also makes a fab lunchbox.

Available from:
Sass & Belle (£10)

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