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Ben & Jerry’s to Phase out Single-Use Plastic at Ice Cream Shops

By Carly Sitzer

Ben & Jerry’s is joining the fight against single-use plastic. The company announced their plan to phase out plastic straws and spoons at their more than 600 locations across the United States. They’ll begin with the spoons and straws early this year, and have plans to get rid of the plastic-lined cups and lids in the near future, with the company saying it expects to eliminate them by the end of 2020. 

They’ll first introduce the wooden spoons on April 9 of this year — which happens to be the chain’s popular free cone day; they have only been offering plastic straws at their storefronts by request, and will continue that model for the near future. 

Of course, opting to eat your ice cream — whether you’re a Cherry Garcia guy or a Phish Food fan — remains the most sustainable way to enjoy Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.