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Paper or Wooden?

Hey everyone! We go through a mountain of spoons (from all the free tastes we give out, as well as for eating ice cream on the run), and it’s really bothering us to use plastic. We’re doing a trial of wooden spoons, which are carbon neutral and compostable. However, we’re getting some customer resistance due to taste, etc. Other eco spoon options I’ve found are very expensive. What do you think?

Wooden or Plastic Spoons?

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4 Responses to “Paper or Wooden?”

  1. June 21st, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Tara Garvey says:

    At a frozen yogurt place near where I live (Massachusetts) they use compostable spoons made from potatoes. They don’t have that taste like the wooden spoons do. Not sure how costly they are though.

  2. June 21st, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Liana says:

    I will eat it anyway, even if I must use my fingers! :) Wooden spoons are lovely, old fashion and environmentally friendly, I’m for them.

  3. August 19th, 2013 at 6:47 am

    sophia says:

    In California, some places use small metal spoons for taste testing ice cream flavors. They leave a small bucket on the counter to drop the spoons in after to be washed :)

  4. February 27th, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Charlotte says:

    I’m probably a bit late with this post but there is an irish company that provides biodegradable materials including plastic cutlery which would be much more environmentally friendly. (http://www.down2earthmaterials.ie/)
    Their spoons may be too large to use for taste testing but it could be something to research into.
    Alternatively is there any such thing as spoons with wooden handles and plastic tips? I’ve done a quick search with no results but if they do exist you could cut down on the plastic usage but not compromise on taste.

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Murphys Ice Cream has shops in Dingle, Killarney and Dublin 2 (Wicklow Street).