Best Picnic Tools For The Summertime

Sustainable picnic accessories for outdoor dining

It's finally picnic season. After you've prepared your spread (may we suggest potato salad "tartare," sugar snap peas with basil, and lemon-limeade with strawberries?), cart it outdoors with this stylish, sustainable gear:

1. We do love a Mason jar. Here, a repurposed jar becomes a cocktail shaker ($48) with a stainless-steel cap and lid.

2. A tote that unzips into a picnic blanket? Why, yes, that's exactly what the ingenious minds at Yield created. Made from sturdy, water-resistant nylon Cordura, this dual-purpose carryall and eating surface ($56) is an essential.

3. Veneerware ($7.50 to $10) handles all of your outdoor dining needs, with plates and utensils (including a handy spork) made from eco-friendly, biodegradable bamboo.

4. If you're bold enough to bring a cooler filled with ice cream, serve it with a sustainably harvested, plantation-farmed teak scoop ($32; comes with a linen dish towel).

5. Beer is a summertime staple. Carry a six-pack in Meriwether Montana's handcrafted walnut carrier ($68), which comes with a smart, polished steel bottle opener.

Pack it up, pack it in, let the picnicking begin.