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[GreenYes] Re: Reusable Cups


Title: [GreenYes] Re: Reusable Cups

I think the key is how to ensure hygienic operation by
avoiding the contact of potentially dirty cups with the
beverage (other than the portion being sold), beverage
dispenser and the employee serving the customer. I think
consumers don't want to eat food that's handled in the same
hand as the money, and for the same reason they don't want to
eat anything that's handled in the same hand as potentially
dirty cups from strangers.

I think the factors are:

1. dispenser design (non-contact, auto stopping and non-splattering)
2. efficiency of the store operation

I think the easiest way to solve this is to serve the drink in
a reusable vessel (which the establishment collects, wash and
reuse) and each customer pours the content to their own vessel.

However, this model would require resource to wash up to twice
as many cups, and probably results in increase in the
spillage of the drinks and other accidents.

--
Ryuji Suzuki
http://silvergrain.org


From: "Karen Bograd" <kbograd@no.address>
Subject: [GreenYes] Reusable Cups
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2008 15:34:50 -0500

> Hello,
>
> I was eating lunch with some friends yesterday, and we noticed how much
> waste we accumulated just during our simple lunch. One of the major items
> being the single use cups for our drinks. As we sat there, we discussed what
> could be done to have a certified reusable cup that one could bring in to
> any fast/fast like food place to use. Understanding, of course, that there
> would be a fee for the drink, but one that is less than what is currently
> charged.
>

>
> As the resident environmentalist in the group, I was tasked to find out if
> this idea has been explored before, what are the issues surrounding it,
> etc.?
>
>
> Thank you for any information you might have on this idea.
>

>
> Karen
>
> ____________________
>
> Karen Bograd
>
> Administrative Services Manager
>
> Phoenix Resources Recycling
>
> (919) 787-0883
>
> kbograd@no.address
>

>
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>

>

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