Challenges that come with technological advances are usually negligible compared to the benefits, which includes tools that help us save time.
In our lives, in an age of relative affluence in the West, the search for comfort is a natural thing. For many of us, time an important resource in enhancing those comfort levels.
Disposable cups are a great example of this.
Around the world, millions of people drink from tens of millions of disposable cups every day, totalling billions of single-use cups a year. What has long been considered one of the great inventions of the modern age is proving to be one of the most destructive threats – not only to the environment but also to our personal well-being.
Most disposable polystyrene cups are coated with plastic made from non-biodegradable oil, which decomposes into millions of tiny particles that will never go away. Ever.
For those of you who think paper cups are better, the truth is that even paper cups are not completely safe for the environment. Not only does making paper cups mean cutting down millions of trees each year, the production process also requires enormous amounts of energy.
So here’s the thing – rare and valuable resources are wasted on producing one cup of coffee that gives us a few moments of satisfaction.
Not so smart, right?
A little about our health
As an example, today’s office life is almost a cross between a hamster’s wheel and a treadmill, both physically In addition to their negative impact on the environment, most disposable cups are also coated with plastic materials.
This plastic does prevent boiling drinks from penetrating the container but it can also permeate into the drink itself and from there directly into our body.
Note that while the amount of plastic that finds its way into our body from one drinking cup is negligible, this plastic may never leave the body. As a result, using many plastic drinking containers over the years can lead to high levels of pollutants in our body.
How can I reduce the use of disposable and single-use items in the office?
- Raise awareness of the issue.
In 2019, the EU announced a ban on disposable cups in order to reduce the heavy health and environmental damage caused over decades as a result of their use. This shows us that the issue is not merely a ‘maybe’.
What you can do:
Raise awareness in team meetings, suggest formulating company policies that address the issue and publish it everywhere, join workgroups and learn more about solutions that are already being implemented elsewhere in the world.
- Significantly reduce the consumption of disposable utensils.
Disposable tools not only harm users and the environment but also create high (and unnecessary) office expenses.
Minimise the purchase of disposable utensils, including cutlery, cups and plates, as well as trays and bottles.
Purchase reusable utensils for public use and give employees personalised gifts like high quality mugs and plates.
- Put FreshCUP in your office kitchen as soon as possible!
FreshCUPTM is a dedicated office dishwasher designed to provide employees with access to clean, disinfected, and ready-to-use cups and utensils.
FreshCUPTM uses a patented detergent capsule made from biologically biodegradable materials, which can wash 1000 cups.
With FreshCUPTM you can enjoy clean and shiny cups in about 30 seconds and completely avoid using disposable cups and purchasing them.
FreshCUPTM frees up kitchen sink clutter, providing clean, sanitised eating and drinkware all day long without the need to wait (or argue over whose turn it is to do the washing up…!)
With FreshCUPTM, you can make a significant contribution to your health, to the health of your co-workers, and no less importantly, to the health of the environment in which we live.
4. Ditch the plastics and switch to clean and green
Work life is busy and it’s easy to overlook the importance of disinfecting utensils because of the sheer amount of effort needed. This has been one of the primary drivers towards single-use food and drink-ware.
With compact dishwashers, office workers can be encouraged to disinfect their utensils after eating because it’s just so easy! And…
- It’s easy to install:
No big modifications in are needed. The unit works on domestic power points and only needs access to plumbed water and a drain.
- It’s eye candy:
Traditional sinks in the office hardly impress anyone but, with the presence of a compact dishwasher in the office, it’s eye-catching equipment for visitors.
It also signals that your business is in touch with the latest and most relevant technological equipment that can improve the office’s work productivity and hygiene standards.