So I’m curious, if I am to contribute to the mounds of waste in the world, which I often do anyway, but this question is more specific, is it better to throw away an edible ice cream cone or a paper cup?
This not-serious-but-serious question arose as I usually order my gelato in a cup, which gets chucked along with the little plastic spoon. Now I’m at least partially environmentally conscious; at home I recycle my glass and plastics, but I don’t go out of my way to buy products with less packaging.** But throwing away that little cup, which is sometimes plastic (and that is surely worse) feels a little wasteful.
The kicker here is that I don’t like ice cream cones. Their cheap savoury-sweet crunchiness only interferes with the gelato, in my opinion. This means that if I do buy a cone, some or all of it ends up in the bin (if the coned gelato still comes with a spoon, then the whole cone ends up in the bin as I can scoop all the gelato out). (Unless it’s one of those fancy waffle cones, which I like a little more.)
If I am to be wasteful, and in this case I am, which is better to trash? Food, paper or plastic?
I’m asking the important questions today.
Picture of my first italian gelato in a month, from RivaReno in Ferrara.
**the amount of plastic and crap that can surround the most simple packet of biscuits or piece of cheese being one of the examples of why massive corporations can’t be trusted on their own to do the right thing.