Many things can bring to mind green living, but breakfast is rarely one of them. Until you run into the Green Bean food truck that is. This morning with my “naked” chocolate chip waffles (and a side of syrup) I noticed something surprising. The roof of this particular food truck is covered in solar panels. A lady bug directed my attention to the fact that this food truck is, at least in part, powered by SunBug Solar. The idea struck me as brilliant. After all these trucks are sitting outside all day. Why not put a little of the sun’s energy to work?
I don’t know enough about the initial cost of outfitting the truck with these panels to get a good idea of how quickly they’ll pay off in reduced gas or energy costs, but in the summer months I’d imagine it’s quite worth it. At any rate I was intrigued. After looking at Green Bean’s Website I found out that they’ve promised to donate a portion of every coffee sale to local green initiatives as well and it got me wondering, why isn’t this more common?
I’m going into an industry that has problems with paper waste. Publishing, as much as I love it, over orders. All those magazines and books we don’t buy? They used to all be pitched. I am happy to say that recycling has picked up greatly in most houses and recycled paper is even occasionally used, these efforts are incomplete. Recycled paper is costly and often has a higher ink absorption rate that diminishes quality, making it impractical for magazine publishers to use with their high resolution graphics. Honestly, who wants fuzzy fashion photos? And though publishers may offer recycling options, there are still hundreds of extra copies of books in warehouses around the country.
This too is changing, Macmillan Publishing was just written up in Publishers Weekly for announcing a plan to reduce carbon emissions by carefully sourcing their materials and using hybrids as company cars. They are striving to set a new and more effective industry standard. E-Books may end up reducing paper book orders, eliminating some of the excess and Print on Demand services like the Espresso Book Machine are eliminating ordering problems all together. Action to create eco-friendly options are getting closer and closer to home, Green Bean is a perfect example. So long as we keep asking for it, it’ll keep happening. After all, isn’t this an age of ingenuity?
Now if only they could keep the waffles from getting smushed.