The NY city hotel I stayed in last night, which I’ll call NYHOTEL, has paper cups where most hotels have glass. Next to the cups on the sink was a tiny piece of cardboard with this printed note:
Rest comfortably knowing that NYHOTEL drinking cups are 100% sanitary and are completely GREEN compliant.
First, I had thought glass was a clear winner life-cycle-wise last night, but the jury appears to be out and you have to reuse the glass cups a lot to break even — all things being equal.
Second, however, all things aren’t quite equal. These paper cups were individually wrapped in plastic, no doubt to be persuasive about the sanitary claim. That’s a lot of waste.
Third, even if it’s a wash, so to speak, what the heck is this claim of “completely GREEN compliant” designed to reassure the user? It seemed pretty bogus at the time, and I found nothing on Google today.
In any case, I didn’t rest comfortably. [Note to self: What else is new?] I’d have been happier without the note.