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[GreenYes] Re: reusable cups vs. paper

At 06:26 AM 3/20/2008 -0700, you wrote:
I have a client who wants to know if there is any more "official" word
on this.

Elizabeth--If you used a paper cup once and a ceramic cup once the paper cup would use less energy over its life cycle.  If you used a ceramic cup thousands of times it would cost less per use over its life cycle than the use of thousands of paper cups.   Besides, it's logically the better choice to reduce our consumption of one-time use items, to zero if possible.  This is not "official", but you can make it be so if you want to.   Have a wonderful day.   Tom

Tom Shelley
118 E. Court St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
607 342-0864
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"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The World Commission on Environment and Development,
Gro Harlem Brundtland
Our Common Future, Oxford University Press, 1987

MY NOTE:  Sustainable development does not mean "sustainable growth" as growth per se is not sustainable.  And the term "sustainable" has to mean "for a very long time" (A. Bartlett).

"The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives."       
Sioux proverb

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