7 Sustainable Picnic Blankets For Spring 2023
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Between park picnics and backyard BBQs, outdoor blankets are a must-have. 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!
Best For | Sleeping bag-inspired blankets
Materials | Recycled plastic & post-consumer materials
Price Range | $60–$235
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. Made Trade
Best For | Bold, colorful blankets
Materials | Organic cotton, Turkish cotton, recycled materials, wool
Price Range | $42–$488
Made Trade‘s picnic blankets are not only beautiful but are also sustainable, high quality products you’ll find yourself pulling out for years. Artisan-made and women-owned, these colorful blankets are often made with upcycled thread and organic materials, so you can feel good about the low-impact production costs on the earth. These colorful beauties are sure to make any picnic feel like a party.
3. Parks Project
Best For | Blankets that support parks conservation
Materials | Recycled materials, organic cotton
Price Range | $100–$120
Parks Project is on a mission to help preserve our nation’s parks. With a goal to leave it better than they found it, the Certified B Corp engages hundreds of volunteers to help bridge the gap that a lack of funding and the climate crisis has created for the wildlands. Partnering with National Parks, REI, and National Geographic, the group has managed to donate over $2 million to nonprofits on behalf of parks. We love their recycled polyester camp blanket and whimsical organic cotton ‘shrooms blanket, the sales of which support their vital mission.
4. Little Unicorn
Best For | Kids’ outdoor blankets
Materials | Polyester
Price Range | $55–$75
Any parent knows how handy it is to have a blanket with you on the go, ready to transform any playground or backyard into a cozy, safe play zone for your little one. Little Unicorn‘s line of outdoor blankets comes with a convenient over-the-shoulder travel bag, making it a cinch to pack and stow these super cute, highly functional, waterproof blankets in any diaper bag or stroller. Even better? They are durable, wipeable, and machine washable. So while they are made of polyester, you know they will be able to handle your active family’s needs for years to come.
5. The Tartan Blanket Co
Best For | Classic wool tartan blankets
Materials | Recycled wool, recycled mixed fibers
Price Range | $125–$132
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.
6. Trek Light Gear
Best For | One-of-a-kind blankets
Materials | Post-consumer recycled materials
Price Range | $180
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.
7. Weaver Green
Best For | Striped blankets
Materials | Recycled plastic bottles, non-toxic dyes
Price Range | $105–$115
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.
Featured image is from The Tartan Blanket Co