An eco-friendly homemade ice pop is much better for the environment that store-bought pops or traditional homemade ice pops. Obviously store bought pops come with all kinds of packaging waste, but then, so do traditionally made homemade ice pops.
Many homemade ice pops are made in little paper cups with non-reusable popsicle sticks and some foil to hold the stick in place. While better than store bought, you’re still creating a lot of waste each year if you make ice pops this way. It’s best to aim for eco-friendly homemade ice pops.
An eco-pop (short for homemade eco-friendly ice pop) is an ice pop that’s homemade and as sustainable as possible, plus affordable and easy for the average family.
The 5 key rules to remember when making eco-pops are…
- Go sustainable: Make eco-pops in safe reusable molds and use cooking practices that help conserve resources.
- Go organic: Use organic ingredients when possible, within reason, for your budget.
- Go healthy: Serve healthy eco-pops most of the time and treat eco-pops only occasionally.
- Go affordable: Buy readily available, seasonal eco-pop ingredients to cut down on costs.
- Go easy: Make simple eco-pops most of the time. When eco-habits get too complex it’s hard to stick with them.
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