15 May 2022

If your Big Lunch is an annual fixture, you may be used to dusting off the bunting each year and already know your neighbours well enough to pool resources for the big day. But if you’re new to community events, or want to make yours an eco-friendly Big Lunch, help is at hand! Check out these tips and share yours on social media using #TheBigLunch #TheBigJubileeLunch – we’d love to hear your ideas too!

Darren from Eden Project Communities in Big Lunch t shirt

The wonderful people at HH Global have come on board to support The Big Lunch by helping us buy locally sourced, sustainable and 100% organic t-shirts. They help connect organisations and businesses with locally based suppliers for marketing materials - so they’re right up our street!

 

Keep it simple and celebrate your communi-tea!

Joining The Big Lunch or The Big Jubilee Lunch can be as simple as arranging a cup of tea with someone you want to connect with – whether that’s an old friend or a new neighbour. Which is why we’re proud to once again be working with PGtips.

PGtips are as passionate about making tasty cuppas, as they are about building communities and respecting the environment. Did you know that PGtips uses only 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified™ tea, produces biodegradable tea bags and has removed plastic from all its products? So, if you have a brew at your Big Lunch, you are already on your way to making it sustainable!

Swap and share with your neighbours on Nextdoor

Need some extra tables and chairs for your event? Maybe a cake stand or two? The neighbourhood network, Nextdoor, has a ‘For Sale and Free’ section that is just the place to look. You can browse items in your local area, or search for something specific, to make sure you get hold of everything you need to make your Big Lunch one to remember. There are plenty more ways to use Nextdoor ahead of your event, so if you don’t have an account yet, get signed up and start making local connections.

Mindful shopping

If you do need to get some bits for your Big Lunch, take a look in your nearest charity shop before buying brand new. Not only will this save you money, you’ll also be donating to a good cause and easing your impact on the environment in the process. Charity shops are a great place to pick up things like crockery, games and picnic blankets, so try to resist the urge to click and collect, make a list of what you need and go have a rummage locally instead!

Charity shops generate an incredible £330m for good causes and harness the skills of more than 233,000 volunteers nationwide each year. That’s an effort worth supporting! So, why not see how you can live a little more sustainably, starting with your Big Lunch?

Waste not, want not

If you find yourself with left-over food after your Big Lunch, think creatively about how you can save it from the bin!

Sites such as Olio are brilliant for quickly listing food for collection and if you’re in London, our friends at The Felix Project are also inspiring communities to tackle food waste. They collect fresh, nutritious food and redistribute it to charities and schools so they can provide healthy meals and help the most vulnerable in our society.

Another option is to donate any unopened, non perishable items to your local foodbank, or simply take what you haven’t eaten home yourself. Check out our Zero Waste Event tips and guide to an Environmentally friendly Big Lunch for more ideas.

However you join in this year, have fun and try to keep these eco-friendly Big Lunch ideas on your radar too!

The Big Lunch is a great opportunity to find out what resources are available where you live and to start swapping, lending and sharing things locally.