A Picnic Without Plastic?


The remains of last year’s Electric Picnic in Stradbally, County Laois

Over to you, EP.

Make that futile gesture NOW!

Glass Bottle FIGHT!

Glastonbury festival bans plastic bottles (The Guardian)

Thanks Vanessa

24 thoughts on “A Picnic Without Plastic?

  1. Kim the Cardassian

    Phew, that’s planet saved there now.

    Joking aside, it often feels that organisations make these contributions that they feel are massive, but are often negated by other practices engaged in. While Glastonbury does seem to be making a conscious effort, that can only be said if effort is made across the board at an event, not just the low hanging fruit.

    1. SydneyT

      If the tap water is no good, what other way of getting clean drinking water is there?
      Asking for a friend

        1. Spaghetti Hoop

          Trouble is, the little company in the west of Ireland harvesting the kelp at source and developing processes and tools to turn it into packaging can’t get the business off the ground with no broadband to fire up their website and allow them to trade, market their product and apply for funding.

          1. Cian

            Are there no telephones in the west? They can use dial-up internet;

            Jeez, nobody hosts their own website – you get someone else to do that (granted that someone needs broadband – so can’t be in the middle of a bog). But the seaweed company doesn’t need broadband.

          2. Frilly Keane

            Of course they need Broadband

            Would ya eff off with yerself
            That’s seriously crummy of you
            In all fairness Cian

            Why shouldn’t they have every opportunity and facility available to them as a Start Up on the East Coast

            And if you and your pals think ye can sort out the accomodation crisis in Dublin and the Greater Pale
            Is going to get twice a worse in the next 5 years
            Ye need to accept that investment outside Dublin is crucial to relieving the crush

            Just cause Leo’s support is concentrated in the Dublin area doesn’t mean ye think ye’re getting away with turning yere ar .. to everything not Dublin

            Christ if there was a daycent photo op in it they’d be on it
            Or a local paper advertorial ….

            You’ve p155ed me off now

          3. Spaghetti Hoop

            Yes Cian. The fledgling company with the great idea doesn’t need to post its images, news and pricing on a website – shure they could send them out to friends and family by post – or better still – up on the parish hall noticeboard. And instead of downloading the Revenue and the Local Enterprise forms they could easily spare a week waiting for the post. And instead of researching new methods, products, legislation and markets, they could ring someone up in Dublin and pay them a massive fee to do all that for them. And any potential customers should consult the Golden Pages for their telephone number. However, them lads in Brussels and their Horizon2020 funding schemes might not have an Irish Golden Pages directory sitting in their office drawer so they may have to award that substantial grant or contract to the seaweed processor in Denmark, you know, the one who answers emails.

          4. Cian

            Why shouldn’t they have every opportunity and facility available to them as a Start Up on the East Coast

            Seriously? If you live on a tiny island off the wrong side of Europe then you’re going to have less opportunities than if you live Dublin. And in Dublin you have less opportunities than if you live in a capital city on the continent.

            We live on an island (off an island) off Europe.
            This means less opportunity, and greater transportation costs in Ireland over mainland (central) EU.

            They are living on an rock, off the wrong side of an island (off an island) off Europe.
            This means even less opportunity, and even greater transportation costs.

            poopoo happens.

          5. Cian

            And you don’t need broadband to do all those things. Dial-up is sufficient – it’ll be slow – but it works.

            You can set up and update your website, and you can download your forms. The research may be more difficult – depending on the formats.

            Youtube? no; Netflix? no; Spotify? no;

          6. Spaghetti Hoop

            ‘We live on an island (off an island) off Europe.’
            What island (your second ref)?
            And we are part of Europe, hence we don’t live ‘off Europe’.
            Also, the island of Jersey has the tenth fastest broadband speed in the world, at 30.9mbps. So it’s not an ‘island’ thing at all.

          7. realPolithicks

            Cian, this “dialup” nonsense that you’ve been banging on about for a couple of days now is nuts. Can you for once take off your fg blinders and try to address an issue in a serious way.

          8. Junkface

            What about carrier pigeons? They could carry a few printed out jpegs or spreadsheets, but they need a gym membership to build up the lifting muscles.. I don’t think dial up exists anymore.

          9. Cian

            I’m not wearing FG blinders.

            All opinions expressed here are my own. Perhaps you need to stop reading all my posts through ‘cian=FG’ blinders. I’ll say it again. I’ve nothing to do with FG, no links, not a member. Nothing. Nada. Zip.

            This discussion (for me at least) is nothing to do with FG. It is to do with broadband.

  2. scottser

    and yet, some strategically placed plastic bottles full of water left in your garden will keep the neighbour’s cat from pooing on your lawn. they hate the glare, apparently.

    1. Junkface

      Cats don’t poo on lawns. They bury it in the soil, compost, or sand if that’s available, they have shame. Dogs poo on lawns and everything else, they bury nothing, they have no shame.

  3. Pip

    Heard recently from a reliable source that anything (well, maybe not everything) south of Lyon, France, is coming via Spain now.

  4. Amorphous Kerry Blob

    Less plastic bottles = good for the environment.

    Meanwhile less plastic bottles = More glass bottles
    More glass bottles = More broken glass used in fights = higher mortality rate at the festival = lower population = less carbon emissions = good for the environment.

    Win win!

  5. McVitty

    If that picture was the Electric Picnic 2018 clean-up, all I’ve gotta say is that the culturally optimistic, politically correct youth or Ireland are in desperate need of a mirror…what decadence

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