The Fourth of July is a holiday made for celebrating America’s history, so what better way to do that than to fill your party with planet-friendly goods that will protect its future? (Plus, we like you America, and we want to keep you pretty!) Instead of packing your picnic with plastic junk, reach for these more sustainable options, from bamboo silverware to compostable cups.
The best part? You don’t have to sacrifice style in order to make eco-friendly choices—gone are the days of drab environmentally friendly picnic supplies. Each of these party picks is totally on theme (as in, comes in red, white, and blue) for your patriotic party. U-S-A! U-S-A!
There is one thing you can count on at your Fourth of July party: messes will happen. But is there a more adorable (and adorably on-theme) way to clean up than with these star napkins? Even better, they’re American-made from 100 percent recycled paper and industrially compostable.Buy Now
These cotton cocktail napkins come on a nifty roll, which means you can easily transport them anywhere, then tear as many off as you need. And they’re fancy! They’re made from 100 cotton and can be washed and reused up to six times. We love Lipstick Red for a Fourth of July party.Buy Now
Trust us: a beer or cocktail just tastes better from a biodegradable non-plastic cup made from renewable plants. Stick with the whole “seeing stars” theme and order up these for all of your cold bevvies. (Note: Not that you would, but hot liquids will melt the material. Stick to frozen cocktails, light beer, and lemonade.)Buy Now
By now you know that plastic straws are a party no-no, so thankfully there are plenty of paper options with on-theme decorations. Theses stars and stripes ones are sturdy and strong, and because they come in bulk, you can take them out again for when it’s time to celebrate Labor Day—though it’s ok if you’re in denial of the end of summer. Too soon!Buy Now
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Nothing says summer like a checkered tablecloth, and this red, white, and blue version will transform any humble picnic table into a Insta-worthy chic tablescape. It’s machine-washable, too, so you can reuse it year after year.Buy Now
Truth: You’re gonna need some kind of silverware for your BBQ. But avoid plastic offerings with this cutlery set, which includes 100 percent compostable forks, knives, and spoons. Sure, they’re not red, white, or blue, but they’re a step up from bamboo and sooo much more eco-friendly than plastic.Buy Now
The American flag makes an appearance on these very patriotic plates, which are the perfect pairing for burgers and BBQ. But they also happen to be biodegradable because they’re made from a sugarcane by-product, so they’re kind to Earth, too.Buy Now
Set the scene at your Fourth of July picnic with a 6-foot-long banner that’s all Americana. It’s made from burlap, a natural material, and can be used over and over again, like at next year’s chic cookout.Buy Now
Show your guests that you can hang. This red, white, and blue garland is the ideal way to show off your love for the great U S of A without using balloons, which aren’t exactly eco-friendly. These paper stars are made from 100 percent all natural paper, and can be recycled when the holiday is over.Buy Now
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