Ice Cream Makers Ben & Jerry's banning Single-Use Plastics

Ben & Jerry's just announced two days ago that they will be ditching single-use plastic straws and utensils by April 2019.This shift will affect over 600 Ben & Jerry's stores worldwide.

Last year, the company handed out 2.5 million plastic straws and 30 million plastic spoons.

The company has used Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified paperboard for its tubs since 2009. But because they are coated with polyethylene to create a moisture barrier, they are difficult to recycle. 

Ben & Jerry's has already embarked on its plan to get out of single-use plastic in its Scoop Shops:

  • August 2018—Scoop Shops made plastic straws available by request only. Many Scoop Shops had already transitioned to plastic alternatives by this time.
  • By April 9, 2019 (Free Cone Day!)—Scoop Shops will complete the transition to wooden spoons. Paper straws will be available by request only.
  • By the end of 2020—Ben & Jerry's will find an alternative to clear plastic cups, plastic-lined cups, and plastic lids.

Ice Cream Plastic Straw Ban

Jenna Evans - Ben & Jerry’s Sustainability Director :

“We, and the rest of the world, need to get out of single-use plastic.”
"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.”

 

Paul Burns - Vermont Public Interest Research Group's Executive Director :

“Single-use plastics are a pollution threat unlike anything we’ve seen before.”

“Across the globe, discarded plastics are choking our environment and threatening wildlife. The only solution is to stop using them. That’s why Ben & Jerry’s plan to move away from single-use plastics is exactly the kind of leadership we need. We urge other businesses to follow Ben & Jerry’s example and kick the plastics habit.”

 Single-Use Plastic Straws are slowly phasing out of the country's main businesses like Starbucks, McDonald's and cities like Portland and Seattle. With Ben & Jerry's joining the cause, alternatives to plastic will certainly be even more popular. With the amount of eco-friendly alternatives out there, like Paper Straws, Bamboo Straws or Glass Straws, things are certainly looking better for the environment.