Zero Waste in our Shops
As a certified B Corp, we’ve made a commitment to work toward reducing our impact on the environment and to be stewards of positive impact in our communities. We were one of the first ice cream companies to source only compostable bowls, spoons, and napkins in our shops—something we’ve done for years. Currently, 95% of what you buy in our shops is reusable, recyclable, or compostable. We are actively marching toward zero waste in our shops through a critical approach to what comes in (sourcing) and what goes out (waste). And we’re pleased to announce that, as of Earth Day 2020, we have successfully diverted more than 100 tons of waste from the landfill.
To us, zero waste starts by minimizing the waste we create in the first place. Our teams think about every item that comes into our shops and how it gets there. This includes sourcing compostable bowls, spoons, and napkins made from renewable sources, such as corn. Switching from disposable tasting spoons to reusable metal spoons a few years ago. Working with suppliers to reduce packaging. And constantly evaluating what’s on our menu to make sure what we offer will be enjoyed by you, reducing our food waste. Currently, our teams are looking into ways to lessen our water consumption with new dipper well technology, the water baths we use to clean scoopers between use, rolled out in all new shops.
In 2019, we launched our shops composting program. You’ll now find compost bins in our scoop shops where you can throw spoons, bowls, napkins, and ice creams. Instead of sending this waste to the landfill, it’s picked up by our local compost partners and processed into nutrient-rich compost that will either be sold or given away to local farmers and residents.
Our composting partners include GoZERO Services in Columbus, Rust Belt Riders in Chagrin Falls, The Compost Company in Nashville, WasteNot Compost in Chicago, CompostNow in Atlanta and Charleston, Compost Cab in Washington, D.C., St. Louis Compost in St. Louis, Crown Town Compost in Charlotte, and Break It Down in Austin.
There are a few shops where we haven’t yet been able to start a composting program, be it due to a shortage of compost partners in the area, space restrictions, or other factors. Know that we are working to bring these shops on board, leading the way as activists in these communities to spread the word about compost, increase awareness, and support new compost businesses getting off the ground.