Ben & Jerry’s bids goodbye to single-use plastics
Popular ice-cream maker Ben & Jerry’s is the latest company to join the ongoing war against single-use plastics. The company recently announced that it will stop the use of plastic straws and spoons across its 600-plus Scoop Shops around the globe very soon. It also plans to shift completely to wooden spoons by April this year. Paper straws will only be available upon request.
Jenna Evans, Ben & Jerry’s Global Sustainability Manager, is leading the transition. She noted that Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops currently hand out 2.5 million plastic straws a year, and 30 million plastic spoons. If all the plastic spoons used by Ben & Jerry’s in the U.S. were placed end to end, they’d stretch from Burlington, VT to Jacksonville, FL.
“We’re not going to recycle our way out of this problem,” said Evans. “We, and the rest of the world, need to get out of single-use plastic.”