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Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Freezers Go Green

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Earlier this year, Ben & Jerry’s launched a project to reduce the environmental impact of their ice cream freezers. The company’s new line of hydrocarbon ice cream display freezers use purified propane refrigerants that have virtually no carbon footprint. Currently, most freezers in the U.S. stay cool thanks to hydrofluorocarbon gases, which are considered greenhouse gases by the EPA.

Almost every freezer we use, including those in our homes, produces greenhouse gas emissions thanks to the use of hydrofluorocarbon gases. The hydrocarbon gases, or purified propane gases, used in Ben & Jerry’s freezers are not considered greenhouse gases, and they reduce the energy consumption of freezers by 10%.

Hydrocarbon freezers, which are often considered appealing because of their energy efficiency, have been used commercially in other countries for the last few years. These environmentally-friendly freezers are just beginning to be adopted in the U.S. Unfortunately, purified propane refrigerants do have a downside: they’re highly flammable. However, if a freezer is built properly, this doesn’t pose a problem. All new hydrocarbon freezers in the U.S. have to go through a process of being examined by Underwriters Laboratories and the EPA to rule out safety concerns before they can be used.

As of now, Ben & Jerry’s has plans of setting up hydrocarbon freezers for their ice cream in select locations. Once they get full approval from the EPA, they’ll be able to switch out all of their old freezers for the new, eco-friendly ones.

Read more about Ben & Jerry’s commitment to the environment here.


Feb at 5:01 PM

5 Responses to Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Freezers Go Green

Donna Daniels George February 16, 2012 at 2:01 am

I know that there can't be THAT many ice cream freezers in the world at first glance, but if you think about every convenience store and grocery store with stand-alone freezers, this could be HUGE. Now for them to share that with conventional freezers/fridges which are found in virtually every home in the country.

Emmy WeTopia Paden February 16, 2012 at 11:16 pm

I love seeing big companies Going Green! Enough of them keep following in those steps and more people will come around and follow as well! 🙂

Brett Harmon February 17, 2012 at 2:39 am

I agree. This technology could have a huge impact in the future. Hopefully, these freezers will catch on!

Brett Harmon February 17, 2012 at 2:40 am

It's definitely exciting to hear about companies helping, rather than hurting the environment!

Ellen Moore February 25, 2012 at 8:24 am

I have always enjoyed their products, but now that they are green, I think even more highly of the company! Good job!

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