Ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland that caused major travel disruptions across Europe recently, is now being sold over the Internet, Metro (UK) reports. The grey ash from Eyjafjallajokull volcano is being sold in 160 gramme portions in sealed glass containers as souvenirs of the disaster.
Sofus Gustavsson, an Icelandic entrepreneur and director of Nammi.is, says he is giving all his profits to help the clean-up campaign in Iceland which is trying to shift tonnes of volcanic ash.
“I got the idea from a friend who lives abroad who asked me to send him some ash in an envelope,” he said. “I thought there must be thousands of people out there who want to remember what happened.”
He continued: “We were approached by someone who wanted a delivery of volcanic ash from Eyjafjallajoekull. Then we started to offer it for sale. We are now delivering ash to the whole world — Australia, the United States, Germany, Finland and Norway.”
note: The volcano at the Eyjafjallajoekull glacier, south-east of the capital Reykjavik, erupted on April 15 caused a six-day shutdown of European airspace last month that left hundreds of thousands of passengers stranded and cost airlines billions.
Meanwhile, bookies have slashed the odds on a second Icelandic volcano erupting this year following a flood of bets on active volcano Katla. Paddy Power has reduced the odds on Katla blowing its top from 6/1 to 11/8 after receiving one bet of £250, and several of £100.
Geologists have growing concerns about an imminent eruption. In the past 1,000 years, all three known eruptions of Eyjafjallajokull have triggered a subsequent eruption of Katla.
A Paddy Power spokesman said: “For all our sakes I hope these punters have got it wrong. Katla is the Big Daddy of Iceland’s active volcanoes and should it blow it would more than likely spell disaster for the airline industry along with misery for millions of air travelers.”
Sofus Gustavsson offers the greyish white volcanic ash for about £75 per 160-gram jar.
Sofus Gustavsson said that all profits will be donated to ICE-SAR, an Icelandic organization that is helping farmers to clean-up tons of ash from the area around the volcano.
Sofus Gustavsson, managing director of nammi.is, says: ‘I got the idea from a friend who lives abroad who asked me to send him some ash in an envelope and I thought there must be thousands of people out there who want to remember what happened.’
The Nordic Store is also milking the volcanic cash cow with its own jars of ash, which has been ‘dried and filtered and packed in a glass box’. Customers are told they can open the box to ‘feel the texture and smell of the latest work of nature’.
p.s. Of course, if you live in Britain, you can save your £75 and go and scrape all the volcanic dust off your neighbours’ cars into a biscuit tin. If you tell them you’re doing it for Bob-a-Job week you might actually make a profit. [Nammi and via Metro (UK) and Daily Mail (UK)]