Ottawa Magazine

The Grass is Always Greener

Keep your picnic spot pristine — and free of litter — with these ecofriendl­y accessorie­s


POT & PANTRY gets the outdoor meal off to a fresh start with a forest-friendly teak cutting board ($20), a triple-insulated water bottle that keeps drinks cold for up to 36 hours ($38), and a berry container that doubles as a colander ($16). Lightweigh­t and durable, this colourful raffia carrier bag from Madagascar comes in a range of colours ($27). 244 Elgin St.

MA CUISINE is chock full of picnic-friendly gear, including a pretty turquoise cotton tablecloth ($50), chic and virtually unbreakabl­e melamine bowls ($4) and plates ($5), and a “bucket” of six matching cotton napkins ($25). 269 Dalhousie St.

LEE VALLEY carries sturdy and durable paper bags sewn from “tree leather” in two sizes ($12 and $15). The France-made lunchbox folding knife ($20) is perfect for slicing fruits and veggies and has a five-year guarantee. 900 Morrison Dr.

PRESIDENT’S CHOICE carries these designed-in-Canada mugs to honour the country’s 150th. The tin camping-style mugs come in yellow, green, red, and blue, each with a different Canadiana theme. $8. 190 Richmond Rd.

CA PARADIS keeps things practical — and stylish — with Govino wineglasse­s that are shatterpro­of and come in two sizes ($20 for four 12-oz glasses, $16 for four 16-oz glasses). Avoid litter with Systema BPA-free containers — these tiny 62-mL holders (with blue lids, shown in bag; four for $15). 1314 Bank St.

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