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5 things to help you picnic stylishly and sustainably

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Essentials for picnics
We love these picnic essentials!

Updated Jul 6, 2017 @ 11:28 am

Picnicking might mean eating away from the comforts of home, but that’s no reason to leave your stylish and sustainable principles behind. Below, our guide for all your summer al fresco-eating needs:

1. MyDrap: These cotton or linen napkins come on a perforated roll (think paper towels but much, much cooler) and can be laundered up to six times ($27 for 50). Pick from a multitude of styles and colors, and be happy knowing that this easy solution to sticky fingers is biodegradable.

2. The folks from Brooklyn-based SustyParty (motto: Respect the Earth and Party On) create eco-friendly, compostable, sustainable and disposable tableware, including jazzy paper cocktail straws ($6 for 50). Everything in their rainbow of fun options is made in America in factories that employ and empower the visually impaired.

3. Say “cheers” with a box of crisp, certified-organic Yellow+Blue rosé, which comes in environmentally friendly packing so you can have the best of both worlds ($10 for 1 liter). Not only will a box of wine save you some crucial poundage in your tote, with their smaller carbon footprint, these boxes are better for the environment than glass bottles.

4. If you’re pressed for time, elevate your outdoor dining experience with a curated selection of essentials from Hamptons Lane. These pros will outfit you with everything from an olive wood and carbon steel knife to small-batch fig and onion jam and a BPA-free wine tote ($45 with a free monthly membership; $59 for a single box).

5. Make iced tea on your way to the picnic with a Therm-o Terra Water Bottle ($30). The double- walled glass bottle sports a removable stainless steel tea strainer as well as a solid bamboo top.