Warm sunshine and longer evenings are a welcome distraction from the global pandemic, and now that restrictions are easing more and more as the weeks go on, it looks like a summer break could very well be on the horizon.
Whether you’re enjoying a rural camping trip, day trips to the beach or you’re choosing to stay at home this year with family and friends, you can help to reduce your carbon footprint by being kinder to the environment this summer. This includes choosing eco-friendly options and following more environmentally-friendly tips.
While we all enjoy a meal out from time to time, making food at home doesn’t have to be a chore! Home cooking not only allows you to source sustainable ingredients from local sellers and farmers markets, but you waste less food, and use less energy! This activity can also be a great way to teach kids and young adults how to cook for themselves and can be fun for the whole family to get involved.
Why not take the meals outside and enjoy your hard work al-fresco style? At Advanced Disposables, there are a number of products to help you put on a fantastic spread. From wooden cocktail sticks to serve up olives and cubes of cheese, to serving up cold, refreshing drinks in our range of high-quality non-plastic glasses to help prevent breakages! If you want to serve up your dishes with style, shop the Vegware Palm Plates, which have been naturally made from fallen palm leaves from Areca Nut trees.
After you’ve finished, you can keep improving your carbon footprint while composting and recycling. Cooking the majority of your meals this summer is another way to fight food and packaging waste!
We all know that plastic cutlery isn’t great for the environment. It’s flimsy and can break easily, yet can take more than 1,000 years to decompose.
With Advanced Disposables, you don’t have to sacrifice practicality or style. The mixed wooden cutlery pack includes knives, spoons and forks so you can enjoy a wide variety of meals without having to rely on plastic and is produced from sustainable Birch Wood. This pack of cutlery is a great eco-friendly disposable option that is compostable and biodegradable. Shop the range of wooden cutlery to add style to any picnic while improving your carbon footprint.
There’s nothing more comforting than a mug of your favourite hot drink while you’re out and about. Whether you enjoy traditional tea and coffee, or something sweeter like hot chocolate, invest in a durable travel mug to sip your favourite drinks on the go.
From a unique red tartan style to cool blue houndstooth, the Zodiac Bamboo Travel Mugs are reusable and biodegradable making refills from your favourite coffee shop far more eco-friendly than generic disposable coffee cups.
Thankfully, many companies around the world have been switching to paper straws over the years, which is fantastic for the environment. Even though you might put plastic straws in the recycling bin, they’ll likely end up in landfills or the ocean, where they can take years to decompose. Paper straws are fully biodegradable and compostable, and they can really complete the look of any drink. If they do somehow end up in the ocean, they’ll start to break down within just three days!
Plastic straws are becoming obsolete - and rightly so! For picnics, parties and events at home, stock up on your collection of disposable paper straws to add style and flair to your cold drinks, cocktails and milkshakes! Add fun to your kid's juices and smoothies with bright colours such as red or blue, or a touch of class with the Black Biodegradable Paper Straws.
Picnics are a fun, cheap and easy way to spend time with your family while enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors. You can enjoy the sound of the waves lapping the shore at the beach, take in breathtaking views on top of a rolling hill in the countryside or even relax in your own back garden!
Enjoy your nibbles such as bread, pastries and fruit by carrying them in our range of paper food bags. These bags help to keep your food fresh and our Kraft window bags are completely biodegradable and compostable without any cellophane used like traditional window bags.
When you’re finished with your food, drinks and wrappers, make sure you dispose of them responsibly. Certified picnic areas should have several rubbish bins that are sorted out into recyclables and non-recyclables, so you can dispose of your waste in an environmentally friendly manner.
Farmers markets are an exciting and fun way to buy essentials and groceries while supporting local businesses. You can buy pretty much anything from a farmers market. From fresh cheeses and organic meats to healthy vegetables and hand-baked treats!
A lot of sellers and farmers will also offer free samples of their products, so it might help to bring some items like spoons and forks. Also, having fun and sampling lots of products is thirsty work! Stay hydrated with disposable cups, which can be topped up with your favourite beverage.
While most supermarkets now charge a small fee for plastic bags, these bags can be extremely harmful to the environment, as a lot of them end up in the oceans and turtles often mistake plastic bags for jellyfish and eat them, so you should think twice before purchasing one.
Before you head out to any farmers market or store, make sure you stock up on eco-friendly shopping bags. At Advanced Disposables, there are paper bags, reusable, recycled material bags and even compostable vegetable bags to make sure you can carry your produce and goods home safely.
Whether you’re setting up a tent in the garden for the kids, or you’ve found the perfect beauty spot for an idyllic night away, camping can be great fun and is perfect for making memories without spending too much money.
To make your camping experience as eco-friendly as possible, make sure you bring your own wooden cutlery, stylish compostable plates, drinking cups and more. You could even shop our complete Disposable Picnic Pack for all of your essentials. These products look and feel great and mean that no single-use plastic has to be used.
When it’s time to leave, collect your litter and sort it in the bins provided, or simply take it home with you so it can be recycled or composted correctly.
Making delicious smoothies or fruit juices for the kids? Or shaking up cocktails for the adults? Stay away from plastic bottles and serve up your drinks with our range of cold cups. This range of cold cups features recyclable and reusable cups for all usage.
If you’re worried about little hands dropping and shattering your best glass cups, serve up drinks in the BB Plastics 12oz White Elite Remedy Polycarbonate Glass. Made from a tough, virtually unbreakable material, this cup is the perfect solution for busy events as traditional glass can break and cause injury.
Make sure you stay hydrated, especially in very hot temperatures or if you’re out in the sun all day. If you have to take water bottles with you, don’t waste the water!
Water that you’re finished with or no longer want can be used for many purposes, such as watering plants and flowers or giving the leftover water to your pets, you could even make a little bee bar that will help thirsty bees on a warm afternoon! Simply take a small lid or bottle cap, make a solution with your leftover water and add sugar (70/30), fill the container to about half full and place it on the ground, near sheds or walls or in a plant pot.
We all deserve some relaxation and rest this summer. With these helpful tips, you can improve your carbon footprint, try out new experiences such as farmers markets and camping all while staying as eco-friendly as possible!