Maumee Valley Country Day School

Maumee, Ohio, United States

Project Team

Navdeep, Olivia, Alex, Luke, Yiran, Caleb, David, Bailey, Max, Michael, Jiao, Zhuoyi, Kailin, and Rohini


Janet Miller


A tropical smoothie is tasty and, some say really good for you, but is it good for the environment?  These students look at the environmental costs associated with a popular local hangout.



  1. sanmae l.
    September 10, 2016

    This project is something very interesting to me as I never thought as simple as a tropical smoothie could have an effect on the environment. I liked how they took something as simple as a smoothie and proposed its effects on the environment. Their ideas for solutions can really contribute to the betterment of the café in which those smoothies are sold.

    • Your School Name: Cebu International School
  2. t. lee
    September 6, 2016

    Very detailed analysis of how Tropical Smoothie Café affects the environment. Includes good information such as its suppliers, how they contribute to lowering pollution levels, how they contribute to the rising pollution levels, and perspectives from the manager of the business. Some of their solutions for the company to reduce environmental footprints benefit both the environment and the café themselves. This will help the franchise be more inclined to follow through with these changes, as they can also benefit from it.

    • Your School Name: Cebu International School
  3. maximo
    August 27, 2016

    Good Job on the writing. It would be better if there were pictures to go with your writing.

    • Your School Name: PKMS
  4. john neering
    August 23, 2016

    Great job! Have you checked out LED lighting? It is even more efficient than flourescent lighting and over the long haul much cheaper.

    • Your School Name: Scarsdale HS
  5. ronni n.
    July 2, 2016

    Using local products is a great idea! In Honolulu, Hawaii, we practice a system called “Try Buy Local” and it helps us keep our own products circulating in the island and the state. It also keeps our money in the state as well. Great idea though!

    • max k.
      June 7, 2016

      Hi Cody,
      Our class is hoping that Tropical Smoothie takes all of our suggestions to heart and begins a recycling program, checks their appliances to make sure they are energy efficient, and makes sure all the lighting in the building is done with fluorescent bulbs. If Tropical Smoothie takes proper actions to increase their efficiency and reduce their global footprint, it will be a win-win for the company and the planet. The actions taken by one company can create a chain effect once other companies find out about the easy changes that can be made to make their company environmentally friendly.

      • rohini r.
        June 3, 2016

        Hi Garrett,
        I personally do not grow my own produce, and neither does Tropical Smoothie, the franchise my class and I researched.

        Would you like to know where I get my fruits and veggies from? I get my fruit and veggies mostly from Kroger, a local supermarket. Occasionally though, my family and I will take a 20 minute drive to a little fresh fruit and vegetable stand to buy some things. The food is always so much better from the little stand than Kroger.

        On the other hand, I’m really glad to hear that the local smoothie place in your area does get its fruit and veggies from a locally grown farm. That is one suggestion we offered to Tropical Smoothie in Toledo, Ohio, and it’s good to know globally smoothie cafes already are doing what we would like our cafe to do. Do you feel that the smoothie’s from that smoothie cafe taste better, or fresher, because the fruit in the smoothies are grown naturally? I would prefer to drink smoothies made of fresh fruit versus smoothies with artificial flavors because to me the smoothie tastes more like a smoothie!

        • crystal
          June 2, 2016

          I really liked how you guys focused on something as small as a smoothie cafe to bring out the point that something small like that can really affect our state and our economy. I hope that everybody will start doing this and you will expand this trend of buying locally grown food and trying to keep money in your state. You guys are so cool for thinking of this brilliant idea! Good job!

          • nate
            June 2, 2016

            Yes! I think that those things like recycling regularly and checking appliances like microwaves and freezers are great ways to make sure that the Tropical Smoothie Cafe can “Go Green.” Also doing other things like changing light bulbs to fluorescent will tremendously help.

            • cody m.
              June 2, 2016

              I hope Tropical Smoothie will change their ways by recycling regularly, and changing appliances to save money. For example the fluorescent light bulbs look cooler, cost less, and brighten your day up more than a regular light bulb. The changing of faucets to motion-sensor faucets will be a sure way to save money.

              • veerda
                June 2, 2016

                I hope all the cafes in the world do the same thing–use local products. Have a nice life!

                • garrett a.
                  May 25, 2016

                  Do you grow your own produce locally? I do, and I know of a smoothie shop near where I live that does. The fruit and veggies that are put into our smoothies and sandwich wraps comes from our local farm in Hilo, Hawaii. Where do you get your fruit n veggies?

                  • will s.
                    May 25, 2016

                    G’day mate my name is Will from Australia and think this article is grouse mate! I didn’t think that a smoothie could be bad for the enviroment until I took a squiz at this article this arvo….Anyway i think is is a grouse article.
                    [Note from AsiaPacificEd Crossings: “Grouse” is an Australian slang for “great, terrific, or very good.” “Arvo” means “afternoon.”]

                    • braden w
                      May 25, 2016

                      Yes, all cafes and smoothie places should go green and use local produce only. In Australia, we grow our own produce but we are not environmentally friendly.

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