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An investigation into transportable coffee mug for UBC SUB green vending machines Tcharnyi, Alexander; Chen, Adam; Song, Ryan; Hashemi, Zohreh


The purpose of this report is to assess two types of coffee mugs made of stainless steel and porcelain based on the triple bottom line evaluation considering social, environmental and economical aspects. The stainless steel mug is produced by Thermos and porcelain mug is produced by DCI. The followings were discussed in the report: positive and negative sides of both products, a review on the history of the coffee mug materials and recommendations on the most sustainable choice of coffee mug based on the provided evidence. The importance of using sustainable coffee mugs was discussed in the introduction section. In the next section, an explanation of the two types of coffee mugs chosen was provided and the chosen coffee mugs were assessed according to triple bottom line assessment. At the end of the report, the porcelain mug has been recommended as the more sustainable transportable coffee mug for the Green Vending Machines. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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