• An unintended consequence of fast food “going green”

    31 May 2011

    I was just pondering the negative side-effects and unintended consequences of many of the fast food restaurants who are “going green” (I use that term loosely because it’s so overused in the name of marketing). The thing is so many restaurants like Panera and Moe’s as well as countless others I’ve visited in my travels this year have these flimsy plastic Solo (and other brand) cups that aren’t worth a flip.

    You see, you can’t put on a lid on these paper-thin nuisances without crushing the entire thing…and spilling your drink, and using a half-dozen napkins to clean up your mess, and having to get a new cup and then having to refill your drink…you get my drift. When this happens – and it’s happening to me and others a lot (witnessed it 3 times in the past 2 days) – just how much is that flimsy plastic cup truly impacting the environment!?

    Instead of hopping on the “going green” for show bandwagon and bowing at the altar of “global warming”, how about these businesses start placing some darned recycle bins in their restaurants!? I may be wrong (I often am) – it just seems like that’d be a wiser solution. Selfishly speaking, if anything it’d keep me from having to haul my cups home every time so I can recycle them myself.