Composting Champion of the Week
16 May 2019
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Ice Cream with Sustainability at its Core
Interview with Sarah Moore, Retail Project Manager
May 2019| Article by Bridget Marcek; Photos by Erika Clark for Jeni’s
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, which began in Columbus 2002 and now has over 35 shops across the country, is a favorite for artisanal ice cream.
Jeni’s is serious about delicious ice cream and sustainability. From their start, Jeni’s focus has been on building community, sourcing the best ingredients, and creating a company with high standards for environmental responsibility. The latter has included sourcing compostable bowls, spoons, and napkins in the shops for years. It took some time to find a composting company that could process their specific kind of waste. But now, with the technology available at Innovative Organics Recycling, compost pick-up is part of their routine.
The composting program was an easy adjustment for team members. “They take out the compost like they’d take out the bags of trash,” says Sarah Moore, Retail Project Manager at Jeni’s, who is spearheading their composting efforts. “There’s a lot of excitement across the board.”
When asked what allowed Jeni’s to make the leap to composting, Sarah credits Ray Leard, owner of Innovative Organics Recycling. “Because of him, we were able to pilot the [composting] program and see how it could work not just for the Clintonville shop but for our shops across the country,” she says.
In 2019, nearly all of their shops began partnerships with local composting groups. Sarah notes, “Sustainability is woven into the fabric of who we are as a company. It’s just how we operate. We don’t have one sustainability department per se—every team and every person has a responsibility to help us carry out our mission.” For Jeni’s, composting is just one piece of a larger picture. The next step is reducing back of house waste, like packaging, and improving energy efficiency at the shops.
So, what’s been the impact of composting at Jeni’s? During just two months, their Columbus area shops have diverted 1,860 pounds of compostable waste from the landfill. That’s something to celebrate!