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On November 20, 2016, coff commented on Food for thought: Should you buy a smart refrigerator? :

I think the transition to smart refrigerators made sense for Samsung – it fit with the rest of their business model. However, I’m not sure they offered functional benefits that customers actually wanted. For example, you mentioned that this refrigerator is probably helpful for senior citizens and children who aren’t as mindful of expiration dates. However, this requires that both types of people are capable of handling smartphones extremely well, too. In addition, what worries me is that the expiration dates are only inputted into the refrigerator after someone physically scans them in. If I buy 50 pieces on my grocery run and have to scan all of that, I’m not sure I would…

On November 20, 2016, coff commented on The Changing Face of Makeup Purchases :

I think they did an awesome job pinpointing one of the huge pain points of buying makeup! I feel like I can never choose because there are way too many types and colors and it’s just so time and energy-consuming. I agree with you that one of the large downfalls is that consumers aren’t actually able to try it on. What happens when it’s different when it arrives at my doorstep? What if the lighting was different for a particular picture, that the color of the lipstick doesn’t actually look good on me? What about the different types of skin that people have? In addition, I’m under the impression that this is a free program – do they have a premium model? Otherwise, how can they make sure that people will buy the product on Sephora, rather than looking for a cheaper product?

On November 20, 2016, coff commented on The digitization of a pill :

This is super interesting! I am definitely one of those people that just can’t remember to take my daily medication. You’re right – the smart pill does seem to be a bit of an extreme solution when you could have that simple SMS reminder. But I also imagine that the pill would be super effective. I wonder if there are any potential uses for it elsewhere?

On November 20, 2016, coff commented on Is the Pen So Mighty After All? :

JP, I thought this was an interesting subject to choose. You are so right – paper is disappearing in many other industries. You mentioned that students take notes on pen and paper, but that those are incredibly difficult to organize. I wonder if using the iPad or Surface make it actually any easier to organize..? I suppose that if you convert the handwriting into text, it may help a bit. If you know anything about that, I’d love to know!

On November 20, 2016, coff commented on Optimizing the Happiest Place on Earth :

What an awesome idea for Disney!! I imagine that they will see an increased amount of sales in food, rides, etc. because there is probably a psychological thing playing there – parents don’t have to take out their wallets every time, so they are more likely to simply pay for things. Since my understanding is that the bands themselves cost extra to have, I wonder how long it will be before Disney sees a full adoption of the bands by all visitors? Currently, is there a separate line for those who don’t have the bands? In addition, I’m thinking that right now, people are probably super happy with the bands because they seem more efficient, but once everyone starts to use it, won’t it just go back to the way things were, with disgruntled customers?

On November 7, 2016, coff commented on Chocapocalypse: Is Chocolate Endangered? :

What will I do without chocolate? I’m glad you pointed out the fact that chocolate is indeed one of the foods that may be in danger with the growing climate change crisis. Given that the shortage is expected to begin as early as 2020, I’m surprised that the changes haven’t been huge. I’d be really interested to know in more detail, what Mars is doing internally to combat this, and what it is doing potentially with other chocolate-makers around the world. Given that the demand is strong and increasing every year, I would expect that something major is going on!!

Hi Me, thanks so much for your post. As someone who will be soon visiting Logan Airport, I found this to be a very relevant and interesting read. In particular, I thought the waste per passenger rate was very interesting – I’d love to know more about how this is tracked. In addition, you mentioned briefly that staff would also be trained. I think it’d be great to hear more about how the staff will be trained because I think we often see how new strategies or programs are brought into place, but they’re often times, a lot harder to implement because you really have to get your employees on board with it as well.

On November 7, 2016, coff commented on Going bananas over climate change :

I’m not a huge fan of bananas, but since they are such a staple for kids and adults alike, I would totally agree with you that this world would just not be the same without bananas. A few questions that came to mind as I was reading your post: 1) You mentioned that Dole tried to reduce its water use by 80%. This seems easier said than done. How did they come about reaching this target? 2) Many of the actions that Dole performed seem to work on a small scale (ex: one Costa Rica farm, etc.). How do you think this will play out when Dole expands its sustainability program on a larger scale?

On November 7, 2016, coff commented on Powering the World, One Tofu Block at a Time :

Your blog title totally drew me in! I found this post very refreshing because it’s something I just never would have imagined. I know that sometimes, people use the wastewater from foods while cooking, but I had never considered this to be a possible solution to the climate change crisis. Now I’m wondering how these scientists even came up with this revolutionary idea. Your post seems to center around Indonesia and its tofu industry, and I’d be interested to know if other geographic regions or countries have followed Indonesia’s footsteps.

On November 6, 2016, coff commented on Coca-Cola’s Path to Sustainability :

Joy – thanks for the fun post about Coca Cola. I find it pretty amazing that Coca Cola was able to return back more water than it used in 2015. I find it pretty ironic that companies hadn’t considered doing this earlier, since it obviously seems like a possible feat if carefully implemented. I’m assuming that this is something they are carrying out company-wide and globally, but I’d be interested to know if they are focusing more on some regions than others? Are there regions that are having trouble implementing the sustainability measures?