Picnic’s by the lake are awesome. Unfortunately, they can create a lot of waste. Kathryn Kellogg, author of Going Zero Waste makes it easy. Below, she breaks down how to enjoy a day by the lake waste-free.
This post was originally posted on A Greener Future as part of their Love Your Lake Project.
Long summer days, fresh fruit, and cannon balls into sparking, cool water – what could be better!? We spent every summer at the lake. My mom would pack a picnic, my dad would drive the boat, and my only job was to devour the snacks and not drown. The hot afternoon sun would dip behind the lake, and I would beg my mom for just one more lap in the water. She would typically oblige, only to be pleaded with for just ooooonnnnneee more! Sound familiar?
As I’ve grown up, I still love the water. My ideal summer day is spent picnicking on the lake. I don’t know if I grew up or things changed, but all I see is trash.
Plastic overflows out of campsite trash cans. Cups and straws litter the shoreline. Fish and wildlife are dying from eating and being trapped by our garbage. Long gone are the days of my mom’s homemade picnics. Long gone are the days of simplicity. Replaced, instead, with the all mighty god of convenience.
Other than cigarette butts, the biggest polluters are coffee cups, plastic food wrappers, and single-use plastic water bottles. And, we can easily fix this! I want to challenge you to skip the drive through on your way to the lake and pack a picnic.
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