Did you know that Saturday was International Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day? Well, it was. Unfortunately, since I’m trying to avoid ice cream packaging waste (All ice cream containers are lined with plastic), I didn’t have any in the house. And I could tell my freezer was feeling a little sad.
So, remembering Steve L.’s comment here last week, I called Ici, one of the awesome ice cream shops in my neighborhood, to find out if they would handpack a pint in my own container. “No,” they said. “We can only use our own containers. But our containers are compostable.” Not good enough. I was looking for a zero waste experience.
So I tried Tara’s Organic, the amazing ice cream shop I wrote about on this very blog a year and a half ago. I called and asked. The answer: An enthusiastic, “YES. Of course you can!” So I did.
Recognize that container? It’s one of the Anchor glass refrigerator containers I bought a year ago for storing and freezing our cat food. The size is exactly one pint. To keep the lid closed, I tied it up in a cloth napkin. And to keep it cold, I carried it home in a plastic-free insulated lunch bag. More on this amazing bag in tomorrow’s post.
Tara’s told me that not only was it okay to bring my own container, but that they have several customers in the neighborhood who do just that. My soul mates! Granted, a pint of Tara’s is way more expensive than a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. But you get what you pay for. And I’d rather stick to great quality ice cream occasionally than cheap ice cream every night. Better for my tummy and the environment.
So, did you eat ice cream for breakfast on Saturday? Or any other frozen dessert? If not, why not have some today? As my friend Red says, the best time to eat ice cream is when it’s cold outside.