Is Your Vending Service in Atlanta Promoting Green Initiatives?

September 22nd marked the first day of Fall, making it time for pumpkin spice lattes, bulky sweaters, soup for dinner and shorter days. However, as the leaves change colors and the northern hemisphere slowly prepares for winter, at least one thing is getting greener by the minute…the vending industry.

In 1972 a famous frog first sang “it isn’t easy being green.” Without getting too philosophical it’s a song about finding your place in the world and being happy with who you are.

While the modern world evolves, the vending world continues to evolve with it, constantly changing and improving who it is. Today’s successful Atlanta vending company not only delivers quality products with above average service but they do so while being thoughtful of the environment around them.

Green Car KeyAs your company works on it’s own green initiatives it helps to pair yourself with an Atlanta vending service who has similar goals to your own (a.k.a a greener vendor equals a stronger green program within your own industry). Here are some basic ways your Atlanta vending service could/should go green:

Recycle plastic 6-pack soda rings – taking extra care to cut the rings prior to tossing them into the recycling bin…preventing potential choking hazards to animals

Recycle cardboard  – having a baler on site not only reduces waste but is also an extra means of income as most baler companies give a percentage of the money earned from the cardboard back to the vendor. Ask what your vendor does with the extra money; do they put it back into employee benefits, donate it to charity? If they answer yes to any of the above questions you know you’ve found yourself a keeper.

Use Energy Star Machines  – these vending machines according to Energy Star “incorporate more efficient compressors, fan motors and lighting systems to keep beverages just as cold and the vending machine visible while using less energy.” For more information visit www.energystar.gov

Use Up-to-Date Routing Technology – organized routes minimize unnecessary driving time and gas

Donate Short Dated Food – if food isn’t going to sale (something that can be determined prior to expiration) rather than throwing it in the garbage an Atlanta vending company can donate it to local food banks

These are just a few ideas of ways your Atlanta vending company could go green, not even touching on office supplies and utilities at their facility. With so many options there is no excuse not to go green. It may not have been easy in 1972 but in 2012 being green is status quo.

At the end of Kermit’s song he sings these words “[being green] is beautiful! And I think that’s what I want to be!”

Your Atlanta vending company should also think green is a beautiful thing and know that it’s what they want to be.

Atlanta Vending Companies Offering Healthy Options to Grammar Schools

It seems as though in Atlanta new ads are coming out every day that highlight the negative affects sugary drinks, like soda, have on children. And although the convenience stores across the street from school campuses can sell soda, vending machines are being targeted as a leading cause of childhood obesity. Vendors are made to look like a villain, where candy and sugary drinks are kryptonite to America’s young.

A popular radio/television ad says the following:

“You do so many things to protect [your children], but there is one thing that can hurt them that you may never have realized. Many sugary drinks can contain 16 or more teaspoons of sugar. Too much sugar can cause obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay. So try some healthier options, after all they’re sweet enough already.”

The thing is this: vendors agree. Vendors also have children and want them to grow up to be healthy adults.

Back in the day large beverage companies and the revenue brought in by their product on school campuses in the city of Atlanta was enough to fund score boards. Today as new studies arise you may not see a Pepsi sponsored score board but you may see an Aquafina (the brand of water Pepsi distributes) sponsored board. In other words the vending industry will mold itself to fit the needs of its consumers.

On grammar school campuses throughout the city of Atlanta you can find vending machines dedicated to 100% healthy items. Your local Atlanta vending company can help create a program based on their healthy choices or they can work to create a program based on your guidelines.

As the need for healthy vending in Atlanta continues to rise organizations dedicated solely to the purpose of healthy eating for children on school campuses are beginning to emerge. These organizations are not competition but aids, blazing a clear cut trail on what healthy vending machines should look like.

If you are looking to start/revise your school’s vending services in Atlanta and want to go healthy but are unsure where to begin talk to your Atlanta vending company. If you’d like to brush up on some of the popular guidelines for healthy alternatives before you make the call here are some of the basics:

The most popular guideline for a healthy alternative snack follow the 35-10-35 principle where snacks have no more than:

  • 35% of total calories from fat
  • 10% of calories from saturated fat
  • 35% of total product weight from sugar

Many Atlanta grammar schools are taking it a step further and suggest the following limitations:

  • No fried anything
  • No artificial flavors
  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • No artificial ingredients