One of the most popular ice cream brands in the world is taking the next step in saying no to single-use plastic. After eliminating single-use plastic last year, Ben & Jerry’s has announced they will be eliminating plastic spoons from their 577 stores worldwide.
Jenna Evans, Ben & Jerry’s Global Sustainability Manager, is leading the transition. She noted that the company’s shops currently hand out 2.5 million plastic straws and 30 million plastic spoons every year.
In the months leading up to Free Cone Day on April 9th, the company’s branches will now be completing the transition to no plastic by replacing their plastic spoons with wooden alternatives.
By the end of 2020, Ben & Jerry’s says that they will have also replaced their clear plastic cups, plastic-lined cups, and plastic lids with biodegradable alternatives.
On top of that, Ben & Jerry’s is also searching for an alternative to their ice cream tubs as although they are currently made out of paperboard, they are coating with polyethylene to create a moisture barrier, leaving them basically impossible to recycle.
“Over the past year, we have begun an intensive effort to find a biodegradable and compostable coating that meets our product quality requirements,” said Evans.
“In the short term, eliminating plastic straws and spoons is not going to save the world,” she added. “But it’s a good start toward changing expectations. We’re committed to exploring additional options to further reduce the use of disposable items. This transition is the first step for us on a more comprehensive journey to eliminate single-use, petroleum-based plastic in our supply chain, and we look forward to reporting on our progress.