Summer may be unofficially over, but it’s still hot out there. New Yorkers can cool down by grabbing a Good Humor or Magnum ice cream bar or Popsicle from the new, and first-ever, solar-powered freezers that are now being tested in Central Park. This new technology can keep frozen treats cold, but has very little impact on the environment since the freezer does not use any form of electricity.
Unilever has already purchased 1.05 million environmentally-friendly freezers, many of which are solar-powered. The solar-powered freezers are made from recycled materials, and reduce energy consumption to less than 0.75 kWh per day, or roughly the same as running a TV for three hours. Currently, the freezers can operate for 48 hours without using a power grid.
“The freezers deliver on the commitment to reduce our environmental footprint, which is part of the Unilever blueprint for sustainable growth,” said Nick Soukas, Unilever U.S. marketing executive. “As the world’s largest producer of ice cream, testing solar freezers provides us with the potential to drive meaningful change.”
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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi