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Introducing, the Shit Box, this year’s ‘Festival Essential’…

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Introducing, the Shit Box, this year’s ‘Festival Essential’…

Yes, it’s a cardboard box, but not just any cardboard box. This one has a picture of a happy, smiling turd on the side, for it is the Shit Box “a lightweight portable cardboard toilet, made specifically for outdoor use” according to a press release just received by CR. “The box pops up from its convenient 14” flat pack to a rigid reusable box, you pop in a degradable poo bag, do your business, seal and then dispose”.

The SB, as it’s snappily been titled by the PR who sent it to us, is the brainchild of Richard Wharton, founder of Office shoes (so he knows a thing or two about putting crap in boxes, boom, boom) and Mandy Mayes of branding agency Dry. “Wharton’s quest dates back to Glastonbury 1989 when he simply could not face another trip to the ‘log drop’ [sic] toilets” we are told “Inside his tent was a Kleenex box and this set him thinking…” Yikes. Remind us never to ask Wharton for a tissue.

The SB can apparently hold up to 20 stone in weight – that’s in terms of someone sitting on it rather than the, er, payload, we guess. And it can be yours for just £15.67.

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