Even though COVID has reduced the amount of entertaining we do in our spas, we still use it with family. But one of the joys of having a hot tub is being able to share it. So soon — we all hope — we’ll have neighbors and friends joining us in our spa’s soothing waters once again.
In addition to sharing our spas, our own Bill Renter believes people who love hot tubs also love the outdoors and care about a healthy environment.
So how will hot tubbers be supporting Earth Day 2021, next Thursday?
Most of us are already warned off from using glass around our spas — bare feet being common. But that doesn’t mean we turn to single-use disposable plastic as the remedy.
Let’s look at tips we apply for eco-friendly entertaining.
Alternatives to Plastic
Acrylic Drink Dispensers
If our family or guests enjoy beer, a mini beer keg eliminates the need for bottles and cans. For other hard or soft drinks, the acrylic versions of drink dispensers are a great choice. Acrylic is much lighter than glass in weight making these very portable — spa-side or pool-side.
Drink options for these attractive containers include fruit-infused water for the non-drinkers in your group. Imagine all the water bottles that we save. (Photo shown here is from Crate and Barrel)
Yes, there’s even a type of glassware that’s crack and break resistant. Corelle is one company that makes these and offers them in a variety of patterns.
There’s also stainless steel glassware.
There’s even paper straws in different colors — making it easy for guests to distinguish their drinks. (Note: Experience says that these straws do not get soggy or fall apart in drinks.)
We’ve also learned there are straws made of hay — yes, hay.
Eco-friendly disposable products made from bamboo, reed pulps, or cane fibers abound. Such products are easily compostable. And as you’ll see from this photo they can even be elegant.
As for plastic utensils: Okay. No one wants to use these anyway. There are even some compostable “natural birch wood spoons” available at Walmart.
But, we can always use the real thing. Clean up is easy, when everything else is eco-friendly-disposable.
Other Ways to Help the Environment
Lace Solar Lanterns mean no need for matches, batteries, etc.; small hanging bubble glass citronella candles eliminate need for plastic tea candles; any non-plastic tablecloth is a great choice; and bee’s wax food wraps mean no plastic needed to cover our food.
And when it comes Balloons: We just don’t use them. We decorate with flowers, paper lanterns, table covers etc., or disposable garlands.
Or, even better? Consider not buying anything. When our party’s large enough, how about renting party stuff, including utensils. Just be sure to tell the company you don’t want anything breakable.
Happy earth day, everyone.