Yesterday I went to two banks and a credit union. At the TD I noticed that they had a table with cookies and coffee for customers. Unfortunately the cups provided were styrofoam. I did mention it to a teller that I hope they will change this. Here is the additional e-mail I sent to hopefully send the message company-wide.
To whom it may concern,
I noticed that styrofoam cups are still used for coffee given to customers at one of your Lower Mainland locations. As I mentioned to one of the tellers, styrofoam does not biodegrade. Companies should be proactive in their environmental impact. Paper cups suitable for hot beverages are readily available at various stores including Costco. Please consider implementing a company-wide policy against styrofoam.
The same day I went to BMO. They had coffee for customers but the significant difference was that they had paper cups.The cups even said BMO on them which is a very smart marketing move. I made a point to thank them. At Westminster Savings Credit Union I noticed that they did not have a coffee table out. One of their locations does normally have coffee out but I have never noticed what type of cups they use. Next time I’m there I’ll pay more attention. I’m not saying banks should or should not give out coffee. I would like them to choose some better options if they are giving away beverages. Styrofoam is just not a sustainable option. I don’t bank with TD and this doesn’t make me want to.
Can an e-mail make a difference?