Guilt-Free Ice Cream!

Hate Mondays?

Imagine getting ice cream after a long, dreadful Monday. Imagine it being vegan Haagen Dazs ice cream. You know the kind that tastes even better than the rich, melt-in-your mouth, yummy tasting normal ice cream we all crave and love? Better yet, imagine the Haagen Dazs ice cream in a reusable stainless-steel container delivered straight to your house! With that kind of service, who would ever dare to leave the house?

Well, folks, this dream can become a reality in New York City or Paris. By this spring, Loop has teamed up with major consumer product companies such as Tide, Crest, Nestle (producers of Haagen Dazs), The Body Shop, and others to begin one of the largest zero-waste initiatives ever. While recycling is great, it is impossible to keep up with how many times people throw away single-use items.

Loop’s zero-waste solution is to deliver a large range of products that are less harmful to the environment. From toothpaste to cleaning supplies to laundry detergent to ice cream, the Loop will have it covered. Just like Amazon, the items you purchased will be delivered to your doorstep by UPS. However, instead of cardboard boxes, engineers are designing reusable tote bags that are designed for durability. Once you have used up the products, just send it back and Loop will automatically replenish whatever you used. Loop also uses stainless steel containers in the process that are cleaned, sterilized, and then reused for the next customer.

This innovative packaging will have a 50-75% better impact than other conventional alternatives.

"We need foundational changes. Our version of the foundational change is: How do we solve for disposability at the root cause…”

Tom Szaky, CEO and co-founder of TerraCycle

This analysis is conducted by TerraCycle, a major recycling company that works with Loop’s supply chain to find sustainable and cost effective ways of reducing costs and pollution. This first step will create monumental change away from a disposable consumer society to a more eco-conscientious one. Simply put, by Tom Szaky, Loop and other corporate partners are changing the world from “disposable to durable”.

By 2050, plastic will outweigh the fish in our oceans.

Between TerraCycle and Loop’s zero-waste initiative, the top 10 largest plastic polluters are working to transition towards a zero-waste environment by 2025. This is reminiscent of the 1900s when milk bottles were deliver to the doorsteps. Why not go back to a similarly effective model? With Loop, they have designed it in an effective way for the modern world. Profitability and environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive.

Not only are the 21st century environmental stewardship practices for corporations more targeted and have the ability to be better than ever, but your delicious Haagen Dazs ice cream will stay colder for longer. Be sure to thank that stainless steel double layered container and enjoy! 

Go ahead and reserve a spot to be apart of this growing, guilt-free trend! Get your spoons ready because I know I am! Mmm.

Tatted Pigs

Ten pieces of 8x6 pig skin costs $10.49 on Amazon. Who would want pig skin you might ask? Tattoo artists. 

Today, about 38% of Americans aged 18 to 29 have at least one tattoo. This uptick in popularity can be attributed to millennials and Gen. Z’s as the rest of the tatted adult population in the U.S. is comprised of only 15% for men and 13% for women.

But, what does it have to do with the environment? 

Behind the artistic beauty lying indelibly in your skin, a tattoo is derived from various animal products in addition to being practiced on pig skin. From incorporating glycerin from animal fat for pigment and charred animal bone for black ink, tattoos are not that animal friendly. But, is it eco-friendly? A single tattoo session requires single-use plastic stencil paper, sterilizing equipment, and disposable razors for some areas. In short, no it is not, but there are alternative green studios as well as artists who are seeking to save the lives of pigs! 

Vegan Tattoo Studios champions a community of vegan tattoo artists by matching clients to their green studios. They even provide artist information, sample designs, as well as details on the process and informative articles on the practice. The goal of these green studios are not only to be animal friendly but to also minimize waste through renewable energy, reusing and recycling formerly disposable items (in a sanitary way), and going paperless. 

Additionally, other artists have decided to tattoo live pigs in an effort to vocalize animal rights. The first artist, Andy Feehan, tattooed a set of wings on a domesticated Chester White piglet back in 1977 for this very purpose. 

“I wanted to extract them permanently from the pig factory.”

Feehan article in Artlies magazine, 2000. 

Wim Devoye continued this tattoo mission when creating an Art Farm in Beijing in 2004.  

“When visitors turn around the pigs, observe it, I am happy. I feel like I’ve given them back their dignity.”

Devoye interview, 2007.

Not only is Devoye expressing the beauty of a pig typically associated with dirty, greedy, and glutenous traits, but he is also opening up a new market. These pigs are bought by tattoo artists to practice on, and as they grow, new skin also grows as well! Although some animal rights activists might find this controversial to tattoo a live pig, thus causing some discomfort and pain to the pig, this market is also keeping the pigs alive as their inked skin is not fit for pork consumption. Pigs outsmart dogs and have the same IQ level as our closest relatives, chimpanzees, so why not save them one at a time with tattoos! Ink Oink!