Sunday, October 10, 2004

The container is the message

It was yesterday that we came back from Aachen. Yet, everybody is still tired from the trip - and I haven't even done unpacking. The whole stories aren't worth telling here, but there are two things that might have impressed me the most. Both have to do with 'environmentally-friendly' materials.

The first thing is the cups they use (at the university) to serve during the coffee break. Unlike in Holland, here they use paper cups. Neat design, and just enough to serve their purpose. I like to think that the waste will be (fully?) degradable, but I don't like to think about the (raw) materials that are needed to produce these cups. It will become an endless dilema until someone makes a quantitative environmental calculations concerning all these.

The second thing is the small container they use in the Jugendg�sthaus' breakfast room. There are bowls full of two kinds of jam and chocolate paste. People who would like to have either of these for their bread can take a small container next to the bowls and fill it with whatever they chose. Now, these containers are made of waffers. Exactly like the one you have for your ice cream cone.
Hey, what a clever idea. Once you have finished smearing your jam or chocolate paste on your bread, and there's nothing left on the container, you can just eat it! No waste! I like this one (despite the fact that I DO like eating, anyway).

So, that's all for now. Hope I have more time to write more.

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