Ben & Jerry’s is continuing a popular environmentally-friendly trend that gained momentum in 2018.
The popular ice cream manufacturer announced that it will soon no longer offer plastic straws and spoons in its more than 600 stores worldwide. The company said it currently uses 30 million plastic spoons and 2.5 million plastic straws per year.
“In the short term, eliminating plastic straws and spoons is not going to save the world,” Jenna Evans, Ben & Jerry’s global sustainability manager, said in a statement. “But it’s a good start toward changing expectations. We’re committed to exploring additional options to further reduce the use of disposable items.
By April 9 of this year — Free Cone Day — Ben and Jerry’s expects to fully transition to wooden spoons and paper straws. The straws will be available only by request. And by the end of 2020, the company plans to phase out clear plastic cups, plastic-lined cups and plastic lids.
Ben & Jerry’s joins a growing list of companies that are getting rid of plastic straws amid pressure from groups who say they clog waterways:
- Starbucks: In July 2018, the coffee chain said itplans to eschew plastic straws in its more than 28,000 stores around the world by 2020.
- Disney: The entertainment and theme park giant announced in July 2018 that it willeliminate single-use plastic straws and stirrersat all of its theme parks, resorts and properties around the world by mid-2019.
- McDonald’s: The nation’s largest fast-food provider said in June 2018 that it would test plastic straw alternativesin the U.S. later that year.
- Royal Caribbean: The cruise ship giant pledged in June todo away with plastic strawsby the end of 2018.
- SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment: The operator of 12 theme parks, including SeaWorld and Busch Gardens, said in June that it removed all plastic straws from its parks.
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