In case you didn’t think ice cream could get any better, here are five B-Corp certified ice cream brands that are mixing ethically-sourced ingredients with social initiatives to make the world just a little bit sweeter.
Jeni Britton Bauer founded her namesake company in 2002 based on a mission of bringing delicious ice cream made with whole ingredients and dairy from grass-pastured cows to the masses. Now, almost 20 years later — the masses can’t get enough of the Brambleberry Crisp. Jeni’s devotion to cutting their carbon footprint comes to light with an initiative called the “march toward zero waste.” As Earth Day 2020, the company successfully diverted 100 tons of waste from landfills — a direct result of Jeni’s stocking their stores with reusable, recyclable, or compostable materials like bowls and spoons.
For a short time, Blue Marble was Prospect Heights’ sweet little ice cream secret. Before long, the Brooklyn Brand blew up beyond New York and now ships nationwide. (Try the Cinnamon Double Dark Chocolate. It will blow your mind.) Blue Marble takes the full spectrum approach to social responsibility by sourcing high-quality ingredients that only have a positive impact on the world and Blue Marble Dreams. The aptly-named non-profit arm of Blue Marble focuses on building woman-owned ice cream shops in distress areas of the world like Rwanda.
What can you say about Ben & Jerry’s that hasn’t been uttered between bites of Half Baked at two o’clock in the morning?! Since their founding in 1978, Ben & Jerry’s has bridged the Value-Action Gap more successfully than using their money, power, and influence to drive most progressive social change. Criminal justice reform, voting rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and campaign finance reform are just some of the issues the ice cream giants have taken on publicly, not to mention their recent announcement ending Ben & Jerry’s sales in Israel-occupied Palestine.
While Ben Cohen has long since been out of the ice cream game, you can still find him rallying for important causes like climate change and the fight to get money out of politics. Listen to our interview with the famed dessert tycoon here.
Tillamook County Creamery Association was founded way back in 1909 based on the concept of Stewardship — a commitment to manage earth’s natural resources responsibly. More than 100 years later, these dairy giants are still entirely farmer-owner and base all business around The Six Commitments of Stewardship: Thriving Farms, Healthful Cows, Inspired Customers, Enduring Ecosystems, Fulfilled Employees, and Enriched Communities When the pandemic hit, Tillamook supplied their employees with extra PPE and safety protocol along with the resources and programs to work remotely.
Peekaboo was founded by a stressed mother who just wanted to get her kid to eat their darn vegetables. Precariously sneaking veggies like cauliflower, zucchini, and carrots into flavors like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry, Peekaboo solves the age-old problem of curbing your kid’s unending dessert-lust. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this B Corp certified company partners with programs like Team No Kid Hungry and Baby2Baby to provide food and clothing to children all over the world.