Friday, August 29, 2008

College cafeterias conserve

Trays in cafeterias often lead to wasted food. Not to mention, each one requires between 1/3 and 1/2 a gallon of water to wash. And do I even need to bring up portion size and the obesity epidemic? The point is, there are a lot of benefits to eliminating trays in college and company cafeterias.

A study conducted by Aramark Higher Education Food Services revealed that college students utilizing the dining hall on campus waste 25 to 30 percent less food when trays aren't available. During last years drought, Georgia Tech went tray-less and estimates say they saved about 3000 gallons of water a day doing so.

So nationwide, colleges that want to go green are starting in their cafeterias. By eliminating trays, dining halls save 1/3 to 1/2 a gallon of water for each tray they don't have to wash.

Food service company, Sodexo, expects 230 of the 600 colleges they serve to eliminate trays from their dining halls. Do you think companies and fast-food restaurants will follow suit?

(thnx Bec)

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