Has anyone seen one of these YoNaturals vending machines?
When I first saw something online about these vending machines, which carry only natural and organic snacks, I felt really excited. I hate when you find yourself in a pinch and need to get a snack from a vending machine and your choices are only candy bars, pop, and maybe something from Frito Lay.
However, vending machines tend to be pretty wasteful- according Madison Gas and Electric, vending machines consume 2,500 to 4,400 kWh of energy per year, and since they generate a lot of heat, they are going to add to the cooling load of spaces they occupy. Energy Star does have some certified vending machines, which save more than 1,700 kWh/year.
I am curious if YoNaturals vending machines are energy efficient models, and if they buy carbon credits/purchase wind energy/etc- are they really a green vending machine, or do they just offer greener snacks? I sent them an email to find out, so I'll let you know what they report back.
I do not think we will see the downfall of vending machines anytime soon, so if there is a company that does it right, then I am all for that. Here's a picture from their site of some of their snacks- a complete list can be found here. Notice the Fiji water, lurking behind the Stacy's chips...(cue the Jaws music)