Could be better

evil-and-badThe Chinet Corporation came out with a product that should never have been released to their adoring public — takeaway cups to use in the comfort of your own kitchen. The idea is, you brew your own coffee, mix it with your favorite milk and sugar substitutes — and then put it in this disposable cup with a lid. That way you don’t have to wash a cup. You can just throw it away when you get to your office!

I might suggest — buy an insulated mug with a handle — and wash it. Landfill contribution? Zero. Wallet depreciation? Zero.

And on their home page, they have the boldness to say, “Help Preserve Nature, Learn More”. Admittedly they try to be environmentally aware in some of what they do — but selling such a completely unneeded product is not responsible. Shameful, even.

Apologies to those of you who wanted a light and fluffy post for your Friday.

Update: See the comments. I changed the title in Shane’s honor. He has a good point. (I had titled this post, “Evil and bad” — a bit excessive.)

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2 Replies to “Could be better”

  1. Hey Paul,

    Thanks for the daily dose of Merrill. I appreciate it. 

    In defense of my mother in law (Don’t hear that too often, eh?) who buys these types of cups: Some people use them as a form of hospitality. They send friends who have visited on their journey with a warm beverage in these. I’ve had two or three nice insulated mugs, from Starbucks no less, that my mom in law has given me. But really, if that is your practice the net poke in the environment’s eye is going to be greater.

    So, for daily, personal use? Yeah, I’d agree there are better options. “Evil and bad?” That might be George Bushing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axis_of_evil) the issue a little too much.

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