5 Sustainable Picnic Blankets For Spring 2023
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Between park picnics and backyard BBQs, outdoor blankets are a must-have. But many picnic blankets are made with resource-intensive materials like virgin polyester—pass, please!
Luckily, it’s never been easier to find an upcycled picnic blanket that’s sustainable and super soft. We’ve found the best outdoor options available in the US, UK, Australia, and beyond. Some offer waterproof blankets, while others merge sleeping and picnic blankets into one. So however you plan to get outside this summer, we can promise you’ll want to pic(nic) any of these!
Just don’t forget your picnic basket and eco-friendly outdoor dishes. Let’s get to lounging. 😎
Made From | Recycled plastic & post-consumer materials
Colors & Patterns | Solid colors, gradients, landscapes, patterns
Size Range | 28” x 40”, 52” x 75”, 84” x 80”
Price Range | $69–$399
Rumpl is a certified B Corp offering dual-purpose blankets that are for so much more than just picnics. Inspired by sleeping bags, these sustainable blankets are made (and filled) with recycled plastic water bottles to keep you warm and cozy wherever you are. To date, Rumpl has recycled over five million water bottles to create its insulated and water-resistant products. In addition, Rumpl donates to environmental initiatives annually and is fully climate- and carbon-neutral.
2. The Tartan Blanket Co
Made From | Recycled wool, recycled mixed fibers
Colors & Patterns | Tartan plaid, available in 12+ colors
Size Range | 55″ x 75″
Price Range | $120–$180
Designed in the UK and made lovingly in India, The Tartan Blanket Co makes picnicking a dream with beautifully designed blankets. All kinds of sizes are available from king to baby, but the picnic-sized ones are perfect for one to two people. Each waterproof blanket is made with recycled wool mixed with durable, longer fibers and finished with a resistant coating. Choose whether you’d like to add a strap or monogramming. Shipping is available worldwide, and the brand covers all international duties.
3. Trek Light Gear
Made From | Post-consumer recycled materials
Colors & Patterns | Solid colors, Indigenous-led designs, patterns
Size Range | 36” x 36”, 49” x 78”
Price Range | $84–$150
From the mountains to valleys, rivers to backyards, Trek Light Gear has adventure blankets we love. A small business with a big heart, each blanket is ethically handwoven in Mexico by Indigenous weavers using upcycled and recycled materials, like cotton and acrylic. And because they’re artisan-made, no two blankets are completely alike. One tree is planted for each blanket sold, so know that you’re trekking light(ly) in every way possible.
4. Weaver Green
Made From | Recycled plastic bottles, non-toxic dyes
Colors & Patterns | Pastel colors, multiple patterns (herringbone, stripes, diamonds)
Size Range | 230 cm x 130 cm (90” x 51”)
Price Range | $95 AUD
Weaver Green’s picnic rugs are made with 300 recycled plastic bottles each, making them the perfect accessory for a zero waste picnic. Available in three patterns and gorgeous pastel colors (a total of 38 varieties), these large blankets also come with water- and stain-resistant coating and fringe. Did we mention these are also machine washable?! These picnic rugs are currently available in Australia and New Zealand.
Made From | Recycled materials, Bluesign-certified nylon, eco-friendly coating
Colors & Patterns | Solid colors, stripes, floral patterns
Size Range | 48” x 71”, 50” x 72”
Price Range | $79–$109
Coalatree carries two beloved blankets: The Kachula Adventure Blanket—made from recycled material, available in a dozen patterns, and equipped with a removable hood and hidden zipper, and The Puffy Blanket—water- and spill-resistant with an eco-friendly coating. Reviewers love the versatility, especially the reinforced snaps to connect with other outdoor blankets for a massive picnic.