William Rogers had a problem, and it had to do with straws.
As the executive chef of Good Tidings, this university’s catering service, straws were certainly not Rogers’ only concern. But they became an important part of his effort to streamline the process of waste disposal at the food truck, UMD Green Tidings, that he has run on campus since June.
The problem is that these compostable straws were made of a material that was too weak. Students hoping to enjoy lemonade from the food truck were having difficulty, as the straws tended to puncture when pushed through the lids. Recently, the truck transitioned to a different but more durable compostable straw.