You’ve Got It, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Is Both A Monomaniac And An Idiot

The latest bulletin from the frontline of the war for Gaia. Why is it that people in drunken crowds are served alcohol in plastic rather than glass?

What could possibly be the reason here? Any thoughts? The possibility that we consider 50 unstitched – because uncreated – Glasgae Smiles of more value than Flipper should be considered perhaps?

At which point we’ve Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall:

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has labeled the Edinburgh Fringe festival a ‘plastic nightmare’ after seeing venues give out plastic cups instead of reusable glasses over health and safety fears. At the arts festival, which happens in pubs, bars and theatres across the city, attendees are given single-use plastic pint glasses to carry their drinks from venue to venue and eliminate the risk of broken glass underfoot. However, plastic waste campaigners have argued that there must be a more sustainable way to achieve this aim. The River Cottage chef said: “Having a great time at the #Edinburgh Festival, but it’s a #plastic nightmare, with most bars and venues insisting on plastic for all drinks (except cans). “I get the wish to avoid broken glass, but SO MUCH PLASTIC. Anyone here found a good solution? #WarOnPlastic #edfringe2019”.

So just try that thinking thing Hugh. Yes, we know it’s difficult. We know it makes the noggin hurt having to get those synapses turning over. But why is it that plastic is used to serve drunken crowds?

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Pint glasses aren’t exactly cheap, if people really are taking them from venue to venue then you’d have to charge for them. Perhaps they should all be having mugs of tea? Though I doubt either glass or porcelain are much better for the environment, certainly if thrown away neither are known to decay particularly well and both require high energy inputs.

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‘Anyone here found a good solution?‘

Yes.

Metal troughs on the floor for use by plastophobics.

Dodgy Geezer
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Surely no one should attend the Edinburgh festival at all – all those car and train journeys. Just put it out as a podcast. Much greener….

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The beer I got yesterday, albeit at Glasgow, but at the exceedingly primly woke Glasgow Film Theatre, was emblazoned “Not Plastic”.

Hopefully written (pace endless discussions moron versus charlatan for the LHTD) by somebody supremely ignorant of the meaning of the noun “plastic”. It clearly was plastic. It was almost certainly both not oil-derived and biodegradable but, hay, cellulose.

I wasn’t paying much attention, except to shudder at the cost, to the plastic containers of the couple of beers I bought at the Fringe last week.

Josephine Victoria O'Carroll
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Plastic glasses aren’t required, toughened beer and wine glasses shatter into small blunt fragments when broken. There is an issue of cost, but a price including a deposit is feasible, with owners gaining when not returned and, doubtless, a horde of volunteers locating and returning empties for the cash.

Personally I hate plastic glasses anyway and will always look elsewhere.