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Milkshakes, Global Warming, and Eco-Containers

A couple of green news items caught my attention recently and since I live in the green mountain state where these products originate I thought I’d give them a mention here. Ben & Jerry’s bottled ice cream aka milkshakes and Green Mountain Coffee’s use of corn resin coffee cups.

First, about the milkshakes. Despite it’s high price, who doesn’t love Ben & Jerry’s ice cream? Well now you can enjoy some of their most popular flavors in a milkshake–to go. Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Chocolate Fudge Brownie will soon be available in a store near you. The good news is that the company will donate 1% of the proceeds from the sale of the milkshakes to Clean Air-Cool Planet, and organization concerned with global warming. The bad news is that unlike Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, the milkshakes will not be bottled in the green mountain state, but instead will be bottled in the land of 10,000 lakes.

Now, on to coffee. Green Mountain Coffee headquartered in the same part of the state as B & J’s has announced it will introduce a new eco-friendly coffee cup made with a corn resin (derived from fermented corn sugars) coated paperboard. The cups known as Ecotainers, are manufactured by International Paper. The cups require less energy to make, will decompose in landfill, and will eliminate the need to use 250,000 pounds of petrochemicals a year according to T.J. Whalan, Vice-President of Green Mountain Coffee.

Approximately 14.4 billion disposable cups for hot beverages were used in the United States last year. I hope more companies jump on the ecotainer bandwagon.

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