Ben & Jerry’s has found yet another way to cool down our environmental concerns. In addition to using natural ingredients and eco-pints, they have now teamed with Greenpeace to launch a climate-friendly freezer.
The Cleaner, Greener Freezer — as the company likes to call it — uses Greenfreeze technology, which uses hydrocarbons as a refrigerant instead of fluorinated gases. It specifically eliminates the need for hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the most common greenhouse gas with 1,400 times the global warming impact of carbon dioxide.
The new-to-the-U.S. technology was actually developed in 1992 by Greenpeace engineers, but it hasn’t been allowed in the States until now. The EPA is allowing Ben & Jerry’s to test out 2,000 Greenfreeze-equipped units this fall in the Boston and D.C. areas. Even though the freezer is already used in 300 million refrigerators worldwide, Ben & Jerry’s hopes to be the first to bring it to America.
Unfortunately, our nation has been behind the curve on yet another green issue, but thanks to Ben & Jerry’s, at least our ice cream will be freezing just like the rest of the world’s soon enough. Read more about the company’s eco-friendly quest here.