Shot-size pouches serve many purposes
Your April 6 Viewpoint ``Shot-size drink pouch is irresponsible idea'' may have unfairly criticized the new multilayer pouches for retailing single-serving alcoholic beverages.
First, politicians may have made points by eliminating that style of packaging. However, it won't change anything, since marketers of alcoholic beverages will simply switch back to glass or clear plastic ``airline-sized'' bottles to continue selling shot-sized containers of alcoholic beverages. This style, mainly in injection molded plastic, continues to be widely on sale in both inner city and suburban liquor retailing establishments in many states of the United States, and no doubt abroad.
Furthermore, the unique package design will work equally well for institutional or fast-food single servings of salad dressings, coffee creamers, etc. And, it will be perfect for vending machine or hotel amenity packaging of shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, hand lotion, etc.
These other uses could far outweigh the lost sales from their being banned for use as alcoholic beverage containers.
Graham H. Kreicker
Foam center founder outlines successes
Regarding the news item titled ``University adds geofoam research center'' (Page 3, Feb. 16):
An academic center devoted to geofoam was established by me in 1988 at the Manhattan College School of Engineering in New York. The center has always had the dual goals of technology transfer through education and research into new products and applications. The center has remained under my direct control since it was established.
The main accomplishments to date include:
The first and only book in the world devoted exclusively to geofoam was authored by me and published in 1995. The research for this book, Geofoam Geosynthetic, was intentionally conducted without any outside financial support so that the published results would have no element of industry, material or product bias. I have authored about 75 geofoam-related international publications since 1990.
I have given numerous lectures and seminars on geofoam internationally and have been involved with a Federal Highway Administration educational activity that is making geofoam known to highway engineers.
State-of-the-art research I conducted has already resulted in two U.S. patents related to geofoam (the first as far back as April 1992) and numerous international patents are pending. I am involved in collaborative ventures with universities and industry. Past activities also include contributions to what is believed to have been the first doctorate in the world that was granted for research devoted exclusively to geofoam (in the Netherlands in 1997).
An Internet site devoted to geofoam was established by me in 1996. It can be accessed at http://www.geofoam.org and is open to everyone without charge.
The international community recognizes me as the person who coined the term geofoam.
Any interested group is welcome to support and participate in geofoam technology transfer and research under my direction.
John S. Horvath