Japan’s Ministop introduces delicious solution to plastic spoons

Photos courtesy of AEON Co., Ltd.
Photos courtesy of AEON Co., Ltd.

Japan’s Ministop introduces delicious solution to plastic spoons

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

Protecting the environment and climate change are topics on many people’s minds. In Japan, there have been adjustments in recent years to alleviate the reliance on plastics like bag fees in stores to encourage eco-bag use, or switching to paper straws at coffee shops and restaurants.

Not to be left behind, Ministop, a Japanese convenience store known for its economically-priced soft-serve ice cream, is introducing an alternative to plastic and wooden spoons. Starting June 9, Ministop customers can purchase a Nagano Purple Soft ice cream served with an edible ice cream cone spoon.

According to the chain, the spoon is edible because it is made of corn, flour and beans. The spoon looks like it’s made from an ice cream cone and is said to taste buttery.

Plastic spoons will still be available upon request for those with allergies to any of the ingredients.

Ministop is set to eliminate 44 tons of plastic waste and decrease 121.88 tons of carbon oxide emission every year with the introduction of this new spoon, the company said. This isn’t Ministop’s first foray into eco-friendly practices, as it ditched plastic bento boxes for paper ones.

Adapt to the times and give this new spoon and soft serve a try. Your sweet tooth and the environment will thank you!

MINISTOP (Convenience Store)


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