Burn the Man, Ban the Bottle
Burning Man is an annual tribal celebration of fire, art, and eloquence. Originating in the mid 1990’s, Black Rock Desert, Nevada has become the home of this thrilling and highly renowned festival. You will know when Burning Man is near, as the food on the grocery store shelves vanish and jugs beyond jugs of water are dragged out the doors and stuffed into the tie-die colored Volkswagen vans parked out front.
One of the most important items every enthusiast needs to survive this week full of celebration is water. On the playa, participants must bring their own water seeing as it is an extremely hot and dry area and water is not provided. In addition, the event does not offer a connection to power or electricity, therefore event-goers resort to fire, candles and battery powered lights. If 50,000 people can go a full week without power, why can they go without plastic water bottles or jugs?
Many who go to this event are sometimes known as “tree-huggers,” or according to the dictionary, environmentalists who are especially concerned with preservation. If this is so, plastic bottles should be a number one concern and should be avoided out on the playa. There are many alternatives to plastic bottles. Seeing as Burning Man attendees will need water supply for 7 full days, they will need something to hold a large amount of fresh water.
I have found many efficient alternatives to plastic bottles or jugs ranging from large 5-gallon stainless steel iced tea dispensers to huge glass beverage dispensers with a convenient pouring spout, all at reasonable prices. Many people may say, “Well hey, I can buy 5 gigantic plastic jugs of water for only $10 each, but you want me to buy this $75 refillable water dispenser?” Yes, we do.
Most don’t recognize that in the long run, sometimes even the short run, you will be getting your money’s worth by purchasing the refillable container. Especially for events such as Burning Man where water is a vital requirement, you will get your money’s worth within that first week, not to mention helping reduce the negative effects plastic imposes on the environment. And we agree that no one wants to see the beautiful playa covered in plastic water bottles and jugs, right.
So be creative and find a unique and creative way you can avoid using plastic bottles not just at Burning Man, but in every way of life.