Glowsticks are not an environmental sound product as they produce phenols, a toxin and the chemically coated plastic is not recyclable.
That being said, the amount of phenol produced is very small and the size and number of glowsticks used makes them a minimal problem (probably filling the equivalent of a few 55 gallon drums at Roo.)
They do make LED glowsticks now that are very cheap ($0.50 - $2.00 each) and are reusable so if you like the big glowies, buy these online and they're likely cheaper than getting the "bad" ones at Walmart.
I prefer the smaller bracelets and the cost difference there is considerable (pennies for the "bad" ones and dollars for the "good" ones.) I try and do what I can to be environmentally conscience but I like to give away glowies at festivals, especially to the kids in the crowd so I'm not sure I am worried enough to change this habit. I cannot afford to give away 500 LED glowies like I did glow bracelets at Phish on Sunday.
BTW, You could fit all 500 of my glow bracelets in a one gallon jug so, as I said, I'm not too worried about my environmental impact on this count. I know everyone should try and do everything but trying to do everything just leads to burn out (trust me, I know) and so I accept I'm human, flawed and imperfect and do the best I can on a consistent basis.
A hundred happy kids are worth a gallon of garbage IMHO. I'll try and make a point of picking up a gallon of someone else trash as a trade.
Good point though, making everyone think about the environmental impact of glowies. It is often overlooked.
Post by questionablesanity on Jun 17, 2009 4:32:39 GMT -5
Glowsticks are cool to see, but in the big picture, they are a total waste of time and money. PLus the negative impact on the environment. I bought a few just to use instead of a flashlight, but I would never buy them to throw. Especially at a Phish show when the lights are kick ass enough. To each their own.
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Did anyone see the glowstick war that took place about 1/2 way through the sunday set? Oh my god. The balloons with EL wire, lasers, the deluge of glowsticks, and some killer pink/orange wash on the audience (courtesy of CK5) made that whole scene look like some kind of space war.
I will be posting video from Friday and Sunday... We where a big part of the mass glowsticks this year )... we where right near the balloons floating high in the sky page side sunday night and same spot friday... over the weekend we threw out about 25,000 glowsticks... good fun for all!