One Planet Picnic
A One Planet Picnic is a picnic that is good for you and good for the planet.
Have a One Planet Picnic as part of your Spring Clean. Celebrate cleaning up and avoid packaging waste at the same time!
It is a fun way of getting to know the good foods, people and places local to you and an informal way to think about more sustainable food choices. Open to all sorts of groups, it provides inspiration for trying healthy, sustainable food at work, at school, in communities and at home. You can celebrate local harvests, reduce food waste, and taste and share some fabulous food.
Former Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead, MSP and Michelin star chef Tom Kitchin first launched the One Planet Picnic in 2011 at Hermitage Park Primary School, Edinburgh. One Planet Picnic is an original Keep Scotland Beautiful initiative which has gone from strength to strength, with more than 7,000 people enjoying a picnic which was good for them and good for the planet in 2016.
When is One Planet Picnic 2018?
Across the summer and until the end of October.
Who can hold a One Planet Picnic?
Actually, anyone can hold one if they want to.
How can I have a One Planet Picnic?
Have a picnic where you:
- Include healthy, sustainable ingredients e.g. seasonal, local, organic, or ethical produce
- Reduce packaging and food waste
Schools from any sector can take part in One Planet Picnic. Many schools have food growing in the grounds or nearby links to community growing groups. The One Planet Picnic is a great way to use and celebrate your harvests.
If you are an Eco-School looking for groups in your community to support your work, there are initiatives at Keep Scotland Beautiful you can ask that can help with this, such as It's Your Neighbourhood and Beautiful Scotland. Look out for Award Beaches and Green Flag Award Parks as well, or maybe groups that are part of the Keep Scotland Beautiful 'Clean Up Scotland' campaign. Do a clean up together and reward yourselves with a litterless One Planet Picnic.
Youth groups and uniformed youth groups such as scouts and brownies can hold a One Planet Picnic.
You can build on your One Planet Picnic experience through initiatives we run, such as Young Reporters for the Environment, to develop your media, reporting and advocacy skills.
Public organisations and businesses
You can use the One Planet Picnic to enhance your processes of greening your organisation, perhaps to inspire a review of your food procurement policy or to contribute to your sustainability duties. Tie your One Planet Picnic into your CSR by taking the lead on a One Planet Picnic for the community, or staff development day. Ask us about packages of support we can offer to support your CSR ambitions.
Lots of community groups plan special events. You can theme one to be a One Planet Picnic and get people thinking about sustainable food choices. It's a great way to discover fresh, whole and healthy foods that are grown or made locally to you.
People can get really inspired so you might want to share some recipes afterwards.