How to Plan Your Own Conflict-Free Picnic

With summer fast approaching, say hello to end-of-year celebrations, sun drenched days and balmy evenings! What a perfect opportunity to gather your picnic basket, blankets, and some close pals to relax, enjoy a beverage and indulge in some palm oil free treats.

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Before you find some green to lay down your picnic rugs, it’s a good idea to think about how to ‘green’ your picnic. Soak up those summer rays and good vibes with this guide to conflict palm oil free picnicking!

1 | THE PICNIC MENU

ANTIPASTO AND FRUIT PLATTERS: All you need to do is throw together a selection of cheeses, olives. breadsticks, crackers and dips on one board and a selection of fruit on another and voila! The great thing about platters is that they can look pretty darn impressive with very little effort! Platters are so easy to throw together and they mostly comprise of foods that are pretty close to their natural states, therefore, less likely to contain palm oil. 

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My antipasto platter included:

  • Cheese (Brie, Peppercorn Cheddar, Bocconcini)
  • Mixed Olives
  • Sesame & Sea Salt Grissini
  • Rosemary & Rock Salt Crackers
  • Olive Bread
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Dips (Pesto, Hummus)
  • Figs

My fruit platter included:

  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Kiwifruit

You can add anything your heart (or stomach) desires! Drool over these platter ideas for inspiration:

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For a list of palm oil free products including crackers and dips, check out A New Leaf Project’s palm oil free guide before you hit the shops:

Palm Oil Free Guide | October 2015

SANDWICHES: For something a little more substantial, putting together a variety of sandwiches will go down a treat! I decided to make slider-like mini rolls and filled them with caramelised onion, crumbed mushrooms and rocket and they were a hit!

SWEET PLATTER: My housemates were amazing with their ability to whip up some delicious goodies and the picnic was full of sweet goodness such as vegan scones, cookies, cupcakes and slices.  If picnic attendees don’t know what to bring, something for the sweets platter is always a good suggestion. Baking from scratch also means that you won’t be adding in palm oil, an ingredient found in most supermarket sweets.

2 | THE DECOR

Throwing together a couple of patterned rugs and pillows can make any picnic look fab. Bring along some blankets in case it gets chilly. Storing your food in a picnic basket and presenting it in tins and ceramic bowls is a nice way to get that picnic vibe and also cuts down the need for one-use plastic items. I’m still adding to my picnic inventory so that eventually, there will be no need for disposable plastic! Lastly, bring along a frisbee or any other games and get some get some summer tunes going with some portable speakers to get the guests groovin.

I’m envious of these dreamy picnic set ups:

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A conflict free picnic without the use of palm oil is actually pretty easy! It’s a great way to get you thinking about how your purchase decisions can be altered to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. So what are you waiting for? Gather your friends, whip up some food and head down to your nearest park or beach and have your own conflict free picnic!

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A New Leaf Project is optimistic that making simple changes in our everyday can go a long way to helping put a stop to the dependency on unsustainable palm oil. Follow A New Leaf Project for inspiration on how you can make conscious consuming and sustainable living a project in your life. Don’t forget to support #PalmOilFreeFriday by filling out the weekly form to help you reflect on your conscious consumer habits.

By Chelsea W | A New Leaf Project

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