Sustainable Beverage Distribution

1.      For: Users of beverage vending machines, environmentalists, recyclers, polymer engineers, etc.

2.      What target market is dissatisfied with: People not willing or just too lazy to recycle will just dump empty bottles wherever they want. With these people illegally littering and not recycling, these recyclable materials are just put to waste. The lack of recycling has been such a significant issue over the past years, and a viable fix is essential to saving our environment.

3.      Innovation Offering: Our innovation project offers a durable re-usable drinking bottle, 30% of which from plants, that will fit into a unique vending machine. This machine will provide customers with an insert for their re-usable bottle where they can get a refill. A discount will be given to those who use this bottle.

4.      That Provides: Our innovation project will provide a solution to the amount of plastic bottles that are in circulation by developing the above concept.

5.      Unlike: This product will be unlike any other in that it will give consumers a bottle that they can re-use and not worry about the recycling that is seemingly forced upon society today.

6.      Solving Problem: The PlantBottle currently advertised,  states that it is 100% recyclable. However, this does not mean that 100% of people recycle. With this new vending machine design partnered with the PlantBottle, we promote recyclable materials, as well as reduce the current amount of these materials in circulation.

Sustainability – the act of fulfilling present needs without the overuse of resources that would jeopardize future needs.

Using recycled bottles and cups not only conserves resources but also saves other resources such as energy and water.

Interview with Elena Joy – Student

How often do you purchase beverages from the vending machine?

“I usually purchase a drink from the vending machine every time I do laundry at Hopkins. Since there is a vending machine in the laundry room, it is easy access”

What current issues do you believe come up when using the current vending machine system from an environmental standpoint?

“Too many bottles are being used, not as many are being recycled.”

How do you think that this system can be improved in order to be more environmentally  aware?

“Ive never really thought about it, but I guess they could put recycling bins next to vending machines so maybe people would recycle more”

Interview with William Waddy – Britain Dining Hall Supply Supervisor

How long does a refill in the beverage dispenser typically last?

The beverage refill consists of a syrup mix which lasts between 3-5 hours depending on day and time.

For what reasons are the plastic re-usable cups used as opposed to the paper/plastic disposable cups? Visa versa?

The different purchases of the three different types of cups at Britain were meant to serve three different purposes. The paper cups were originally purchased for the coffee to prevent staining of the tea cups. The re-usable hard plastic cups were purchased to reduce cost because only one purchase was necessary. The disposable “plastic” cups are not plastic. They are actually made out of sugar, making them an environmentally friendly source of beverage containment. According to Waddy, the three different conveniences “break about even.”

How many plastic re-usable cups are available the Britain Dining Hall?

About 300 are kept out front, but there are approximately 400-450 total.

How does the dishwater in the back operate?

A conveyer belt runs all the dishes through four different stages. The first stage is a pre-rinse with the water reaching about 180°. The second stage is a regular rinse with slightly cooler water of about 160°. The third stage is the actual wash cycle that reaches about 180°. The last stage is the final rinse with waters reaching 200°.

PlantBottle (click this link to watch video)

Elevator Pitch:

The idea that we have decided to present is one that will reduce the amount of plastic bottles in circulation. We will be expanding on the concept of the PlantBottle shown in the above video. This bottle, which is made up of 30% plants, is also 100% recyclable. However, this does not mean that 100% of people recycle. Now imagine a vending machine that was not only able to give out bottles of your selected beverage, but was also able to provide refills for those who have previously purchased the PlantBottle. People can place this bottle in the machine, and receive a refill of their drink for a reduced price. This will promote people saving their bottles, instead of throwing them in the trash, like many people do. Not only are we promoting recyclable materials, as seen in the PlantBottle, but also promoting recycling, as seen in our new vending machine idea.

Further interviews and research to come. We are currently talking with the World of Coke to set up some sort of interview with them in the near future.

The World of Beverage

12, نوفمبر 2010

Our new team name is: The World of Beverage

The team members are the same from Vitamin See:

Philip Richardson

Josh Dores

Elizabeth Caitlyn Schmidt

Alnoor Bhamani

Our area of focus will be on the common types of beverage distribution around campus and on a global scale.


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