Ben & Jerry's ice cream
|GHG Emissions Facts|
|Per one pint|
|Total:||0.91 kg CO₂e|
|Materials:||0.50 kg CO₂e|
|Production:||0.064 kg CO₂e|
|Packaging:||0.091 kg CO₂e|
|Distribution:||0.22 kg CO₂e|
|Usage:||0.018 kg CO₂e|
|End of Life:||0.018 kg CO₂e|
|Source: Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc.|
Ben & Jerry's ice cream is a sweetened frozen food product produced by Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., based in South Burlington, Vermont, United States. This article is an overview of the environmental impact of the ice cream throughout its life cycle. Unless stated otherwise, the data on this page refers to one pint of ice cream. A pint has total life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of about 0.91 kg carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).
The principal source of information for this article is a life cycle assessment (LCA) summary published by Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. The LCA assessed the environmental impact 20 flavors of ice cream. The assessment was conducted by CoClear.
The materials that make up the ice cream are responsible for 55% of life cycle GHG emissions or about 0.50 kg CO2e. This portion of the product's life cycle includes the production of ingredients used in the products and transport of the ingredients and packaging materials to the factories. Dairy production is responsible for the largest portion of the product life cycle GHG emissions, which is about 41%. Producing other ingredients creates 11% of life cycle GHG emissions. Transport of ingredients and packaging materials to the factory creates 3% of GHG emissions.
Ice cream production is responsible for 7% of life cycle GHG emissions or about 0.064 kg CO2e. These emissions are associated with the electricity, natural gas, diesel, and other inputs necessary for the manufacturing of the ice cream. The manufacturing facilities are in Vermont and Nevada.
Product packaging is responsible for 10% of life cycle GHG emissions or 0.091 kg CO2e. These emissions are associated with the creation of packaging materials for the product.
Distribution creates 24% of life cycle GHG emissions or about 0.22 kg CO2e. The distribution emissions are associated with transport from the factories to the distribution centers and from transport from the distribution centers to the retail locations. Transport makes up 14% of life cycle GHG emissions. Additionally, 10% of life cycle GHG emissions can be attributed to freezer storage in distribution centers and retail locations.
Use of the ice cream is responsible for about 2% of life cycle GHG emissions or about 0.018 kg CO2e. These emissions are associated with freezer storage in the consumer's home.
End of Life
GHG emissions from the disposal of factory and consumer waste create 2% of life cycle emissions or 0.018 kg CO2e.
- Ice creams - comparison of the environmental impacts of ice creams
- A Life Cycle Analysis Study of Some of Our Flavors. Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., 2014 Web. 30 Jan. 2017. Archived