Perfect time for cookouts, picnics and barbecues

What better way to enjoy nature than to be outdoors?

With Memorial Day long weekend looming ahead of us, I’m sure a lot of folks are there are thinking of going on picnics, barbecues and cookouts. I know I am.

Mother Earth Living has a list of picnic items that are good for the environment.

Here are some tips for your fair weather picnic plans:

Go organic. Buy what you’ll eat from the nearby local farmers market. By the way, that corn you bought? Leave the husk on, soak in water for a bit and then put on the grill. It works.

Stay sweet. Afraid of the insects that flit around your food? Put sugar water in an open jar a couple of feet away from where you are. It attracts them to the water, not to your food.

Leave them alone. Wildlife, that is. Look but don’t touch. Stay in designated picnic areas, if any.

Get stylish. Score stylish points by using cloth tablecloths and napkins you already own. You don’t throw it out. You throw it in the washing machine. Voilà! You can use it again for the next picnic.

Get real. Use real plates and utensils. No need to go out and buy anything because you already own them! Otherwise, if using disposable is inevitable, bring a Sharpie and tell everyone to put their names on their cups. That way, each person will use only one cup.

Keep recycling. Don’t forget to bring trash bags to sort out whatever garbage you’ll have.

Carrying all these is too heavy? Imagine Mother Earth carrying all of our collective weights.

As a famous travel quote goes (I wish I knew who said it),

Take nothing but pictures. Kill nothing but time. Leave nothing but footprints.

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