Sanitizer Where You Want It

Numerous time I have heard lamentations over the fact that bar rooms tend to be extremely gross. With immense numbers of unidentified microorganisms crawling all over every surface, it seems a wonder that such queasy people enjoy spending time bellied up to the bar at all.

One experimental bartender in Iowa is pushing for a solution to this problem, providing a bottle of hand sanitizer right on the bar top.  Whether you accidentally touched the bottom of the stool you’re sitting on or you were forced to awkwardly shake hands with an unsavory old high-school classmate, the bottle of germicide is just an arms-length  away.

The bartender has not yet discovered a way to sanitize the bar snacks, “spraying the peanuts and pretzel sticks with Purell just doesn’t seem like a good idea.”

Dirty Maple Syrup

Dirty Maple Syrup

I was at a breakfast restaurant where they serve up pancakes all day every day.

At this restaurant, any table that orders pancakes is provided with a three-some of syrup flavors from which to choose. Naturally, maple syrup seems to be the favorite.  It does not, however, seem to be eligible for the dishwasher.

Of the three syrup containers, the maple syrup was by far the dirtiest and crustiest.  Since maple syrup is used up the fastest, the bottle would be empty most frequently (providing a natural opportunity to wash it) and therefore could be the cleanest of the three.

Unfortunately, the restaurant is not leveraging this naturally occurring opportunity to make the maple syrup container clean.  The result: since most of the pancake eaters use the maple syrup, most of the pancake eaters at this restaurant have to use a dirty bottle.

Let’s take advantage of the natural use cycle of this product to provide a nicer breakfast experience, shall we?

Making plates disposable

I came across this little concept in Sri Lanka, where many restaurants cut down the amount of effort required to clean dishes by first putting a plastic sheet atop a standard ceramic plate.

Take a clean plate.

Add single plastic sheet.

Put food on top of sheet.


And after the meal has been consumed, you simply wrap up the plastic around the food and pitch it out.

Of course, this is not a perfect solution, since it introduces additional waste plastic into the process. I am not sure if the added plastic waste is offset by the saved dishes soap and water.  It seems that this plastic sheet probably uses LESS plastic than if they simply used disposable plastic plates.