The days are longer, the sun’s out (well mostly), and the weather’s heating up – it’s the perfect time to hang out with your mates for a summer BBQ. As part of National BBQ Week, we wanted to share some of our favourite tips, tricks, and swaps to create a completely plastic free event!
Five simple ways to host a plastic free BBQ:
1. Let your guests know you want it to be a plastic free BBQ
Before you sink your teeth into National BBQ Week, you’ll want to let your guests know it’ll be a plastic free BBQ. That way, if they’re in charge of any sides, ingredients, or drinks, they’ll know not to wrap things in cling film, buy plastic cups or bring any plastic items. As well, they might have extra plastic free supplies they can bring too!
2. Ditch the plastic cutlery and plates
Nowadays, you can find so many options for plastic free dining. For a completely waste free option, try bamboo plates and cutlery! They’re perfect for an outdoor setting as they won’t break, and will last you for many BBQs to come. For napkins, opt for cloth ones, which can easily be put into the washing machine before the next use.
3. Sip on refreshing, plastic free beverages
You’ve gotta enjoy a drink or two while relaxing in the sun, so instead of buying big litres of soft drinks and mixers, opt for ones in glass bottles. We have some great options like diet pineappleade, diet cola, cream soda, and fruit juices, all delivered to you in returnable glass bottles.
4. One burger, hold the plastic please
When it comes to burgers, try and buy your patties from the local butchers. They frequently wrap their meats in paper or are usually happy to place your products in a tupperware container if you bring one.
5. Make it a buffet!
If you’d rather not do all the cooking (we completely understand), make your BBQ a buffet, and have all your guests bring their favourite dishes in reusable containers. This means less work and cleanup for you, and a chance to try new and tasty things – After all, it’s National BBQ Week, let’s get everybody involved! Just make sure to tell your guests not to use cling film, and instead opt for reusable containers or beeswax wraps for a plastic free option.
We hope these ideas help you create the ultimate BBQ that’s free of plastic and full of fun! And from all of us at Modern Milkman, happy National BBQ Week!
Need more ideas?
Wondering how else you can reduce plastic while enjoying tasty grub? Check out our other sustainable guides:
Enjoy a plastic free picnic
Get involved in Stop Food Waste Day
Try our delicious hot cross buns recipe
Give our apple and pear smoothie recipe a try
Celebrate Plastic Free February
Warm your cockles with our winter soup recipe
Get festive with our homemade eggnog recipe
Join our milkround
If you’re in need of deliciously plastic free supplies for your BBQ, you’re in the right place. Whether you’re looking for soft drinks delivered to your door to cool guests down in the warm weather, or a sweet treats delivery for a tasty crowd-pleasing dessert, our milkies are happy to help. Get started today by placing at least one repeat weekly order with us, choosing up to three delivery dates per week that work for you and our milkies will be on their way! Let’s celebrate National BBQ Week together!