The Inside Scoop
Owner: Daniel Azar
Opened for business: 2/14/2014
The Inside Scoop, a local food truck selling organic homemade ice cream and treats, made some eco-friendly changes after participating in Clean Fairfax’s SpringFest, an annual celebration of Earth Day that encourages sustainable practices.
According to owner Daniel Azar, “SpringFest’s requirements prompted me to look for alternatives that I used for that event. After that, it stuck, and I started phasing out as much plasticware as possible.” Daniel also noted, “There is a growing concern over how much non-compostable waste we are producing. All you have to do is google ‘landfills’ and you’ll be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of garbage that will never break down. There needs to be more laws in place (such as California’s required recycling), but also grassroots efforts to help raise awareness and make changes, without needing to wait for a federal mandate, because it’s just the right thing to do.”
Daniel found that depending on the item, it was either the same price as plastic or a little higher, but went on to say that the slight increase in cost should be a trivial concern to businesses, small and large, because “our environment, our ecosystem, is worthless if we can’t live in it.”
His recommendation to other businesses is to “not let the bottom line be more important than the overall health of both ourselves and all of our neighbors: Fourlegged, bipedal, winged or otherwise.”
EXAMPLES OF ECO-FRIENDLY PRACTICES USED AT THE INSIDE SCOOP:
Avoidance of single-use plastics (straws, packaging, utensils, dishes, containers, bags)
Phasing out of plastic dishes and spoons for paper and wooden ones.
Turn off and unplug any appliance not currently in use.
Recycle at every opportunity!
Dairy, heavy cream, and several ingredients & toppings are
locally sourced from farmers markets right here in Fairfax County and from our nation’s
Dairy State: Pennsylvania.
Dairy, agave & heavy cream are Organic.
The coffee in Espresso Chip ice cream is Fair Trade.
Wooden taster spoons, teaspoons & paper cups are all compostable.
Waste Prevention (e.g. donations of unsold product to needy)
Donated to 3 different homeless & needy shelters in the D.C Area.
Support this eco-friendly business and enjoy some yummy ice cream and treats: