plastic in the desert

BPA-free plastics? Fine, but look at the replacement...

So it's not exactly a secret that we at PUNC Bottles are not happy with BPA plastic and pretty much against the whole idea of single use drink bottles. The latter reason is simply the millions of tonnes of landfill created every year for what…
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Kids These Days...

There's sometimes a tendency to dismiss kids. Sure, what would they know anyway? Best leave them to their phones and whatever arcane stuff they get up to on the internet... Perhaps we could look to them a little more often. Now and then you'll…
Reef Diving in Ireland

Reef Diving in Ireland

Something that isn't all that well known is that Ireland has a beautiful reef system off the west coast. It's odd in a way that it's not better known because it was off Ireland that deep water coral reefs were first studied properly in the late…
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Looking for Distributors

PUNC Bottles is looking for distributors in Germany, France and Spain with a strong domestic knowledge and sales experience into outdoor pursuits, household goods and department stores. Contact [email protected]
plastic rubbish

Coke nearly has a good idea...

Coca-Cola has conjured up a new plan in the last few months, a new way to target the home market and the new post-recession thinking that has seen a drop in convenience buying of drinks and sweets. They first “partnered with” and then began…
Coracle on the River Shannon, Ireland

Out on the Irish Rivers

  I was talking last week with a couple, Aidan and Kate, who started boating on the Shannon in the seventies on a clapped out cruiser near Jamestown (not far from Carrick on Shannon). Back then there was little activity on the river with a…
Condit Dam on the White River

Bringing Down The Dams

Recently, in the US, hundreds of dams have been abandoned as no longer serving the purpose for which they are designed. On the surface the remaining lakes, now sitting undisturbed, seem like a boon to the local wildlife and to returning land…
saving water

Did you know...? More ways to save water (and money).

Whether you're on the mains or have a well or are part of a group water scheme there are reasons beyond saving money on the inevitable water charges. Drinking water is being turned into a commodity like oil in many parts of the world and there's…
plastic rubbish

Banning the Bottle?

A couple of places in the US, (like Concord) and in Australia have banned single use water bottles outright. They're tired of the waste, tired of the landfills overflowing and they've become very aware that huge food companies are using public…
fracking in ireland

Fracking: Where do we stand in Ireland?

As a rule we like to keep things at least some way upbeat and positive. That said, there are often things in the world that need a hard look at and even though there huge movements and a lot of research going into healing and helping our environment,…
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Four ways to collect and use rainwater! (Part 4)

The final part of harvesting rain water is storage. It comes down to a simple question: how much water do you think you'll need and for what. For example will you use the water just on your lawn, flowers or vegetables? Will you also use it for…
layers for water filter

Four ways to collect and use rainwater! (Part 3)

This time 'round we are looking at a more developed type of rainwater filter. This second type of filtering is a multi-layer filter and is incredibly effective, giving clean potable water and it lasts a long time before you need to empty…
Simple sand 'biofilter'

Four ways to collect and use rainwater! (Part 2)

So last week, we looked at a simple rain- barrel for gardening and DIY needs. Harvested rain can be used for anything that mains or well water is usually used for, as long as it is filtered. To use it for washing dishes (or people) it would…
Home rainwater harvesting

Four ways to collect and use rainwater! (Part 1)

As bizarre as it seems, even in rainy Ireland, a country crammed with lakes and streams, we can often run foul of water shortages. We have an antiquated water system that is as expensive to run as it is wasteful with vast amounts of drinking…
Irish Water Meter

So, what do you think of water metering?

I was in Wexford recently and noticed Water Authority letters being delivered to houses in the town. Soon enough every house in the country will be metered and like most other places in Europe we will pay directly for our treated water. But…