Festival Tip: Bring Your Own Toilet Paper

Just caught some interesting news on the upcoming Glastonbury Music Festival over in the UK…

They’re giving away eco-friendly toilet paper to patrons, and for some odd reason, they’re announcing this in advance. I read the explanation over at Pollstar, and I still don’t get it.

One of Glastonbury Festival’s latest moves to create a greener festival is to provide every ticket holder with a free, environmentally friendly toilet roll.

So…uhm…wait — why?

About 150,000 will be handed out at the event in a bid to encourage people not to bring their own.

I’d hope any music festival I’m attending would provide their own toilet paper already. I’m all for saving the environment but when it comes to business, who really cares whether the TP you’re using is eco-friendly or not.

You always know to bring you own anyway, because you, the seasoned music festival patron, are smarter than the average patron that shows up with only the clothes on their back. Nobody wants to get stuck in a port-o-potty (or loo as it’s known across the pond) without the proper supplies. The fact that they’re telling patrons not to bring their own should be something you should completely ignore. And that leads us our first, officially-sanctioned music festival tip, courtesy of yours truly.

Festival Tip: Bring your own toilet paper

This is really a no-brainer, folks. Even if you don’t use it for what it was originally intended, you’ll find some way to need it.

10 COMMENTS

  1. agreed, but I’d take it a step further and enter the millenium with some moist toilet wipes. what used to be reserved for babies butts, are now mainstream and awesome! They’re even better for adding that extra level of comfort to your festival experience. I’m sure at some point they’ll make some enviro-friendly version of them.

    I think this is more of a PR move than anything that practical. I don’t have all the deets on other ways they’re “going green” at this festival, but this one seems pretty small compared to other aspects (waste and pollution from vendors is first to my mind). That said, having free toilet paper is never a bad idea. But like any festival, never EXPECT anything for free and you’ll be set. Whatever you get as a freebie is just a nice add-on in my book.

  2. agreed, but I’d take it a step further and enter the millenium with some moist toilet wipes. what used to be reserved for babies butts, are now mainstream and awesome! They’re even better for adding that extra level of comfort to your festival experience. I’m sure at some point they’ll make some enviro-friendly version of them.

    I think this is more of a PR move than anything that practical. I don’t have all the deets on other ways they’re “going green” at this festival, but this one seems pretty small compared to other aspects (waste and pollution from vendors is first to my mind). That said, having free toilet paper is never a bad idea. But like any festival, never EXPECT anything for free and you’ll be set. Whatever you get as a freebie is just a nice add-on in my book.

  3. “who really cares whether the TP you’re using is eco-friendly or not”

    Well… because non-recycled virgin fiber TP is made by clearcutting some of the oldest forests in the world. Leaving the land barren and the cute little forest animals homeless and pushing animals like the Alberta Caribou towards extinction.

    Or, to use Canada as an example: If every Canadian family used just one roll of recycled toilet paper in their bathrooms today, the number of trees saved across the country would be around 50,000.

    Oh yes, and remember the greenhouse gases everyone has been talking about lately? According to the NRDC “The virgin timber-based pulp and paper industry is the third greatest industrial emitter of global warming pollution. Its carbon dioxide emissions are projected to double by 2020.”

    So to answer your question, Justin, lots of people care what toilet paper you use, and there are lots of reasons why.

  4. “who really cares whether the TP you’re using is eco-friendly or not”

    Well… because non-recycled virgin fiber TP is made by clearcutting some of the oldest forests in the world. Leaving the land barren and the cute little forest animals homeless and pushing animals like the Alberta Caribou towards extinction.

    Or, to use Canada as an example: If every Canadian family used just one roll of recycled toilet paper in their bathrooms today, the number of trees saved across the country would be around 50,000.

    Oh yes, and remember the greenhouse gases everyone has been talking about lately? According to the NRDC “The virgin timber-based pulp and paper industry is the third greatest industrial emitter of global warming pollution. Its carbon dioxide emissions are projected to double by 2020.”

    So to answer your question, Justin, lots of people care what toilet paper you use, and there are lots of reasons why.