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Zero Waste (ish) Ice Lollies

We’ve been sweltering here in the UK for the last few days, which has kind of taken us all a little by surprise. We just aren’t set up for really hot weather here, and in true British fashion it has only taken half a day of heat for us all to start complaining it’s too hot!

In weather like this (and in fact in any kind of weather if you are a small person) ice lollies are pretty much compulsory to aid the cooling down process. And I do love an ice lolly, but my inner zero waste wannabe does wince each time one of the un-recyclable plastic film wrappers hits the bin.
So here’s my (almost) zero waste solution…

Ice lollies-equipment

  • Fruit juice – I try and pick something that is made from actual fruit juice, rather than concentrate. I also try to find something in a plastic bottle, rather than a tetra-pak as we can put the plastic bottles in our kerbside recycling. And lastly, I look for something on offer..!
  • Lolly mould – I have picked up a couple of these on my forays around our local charity shops, and they work really well, EXCEPT I don’t use the rubbish plastic holders that come with them-they are too short and almost inevitably pull out of the lolly as we are trying to get the lolly out of the mould!
    For those of you trying to cut down on plastic, you can get stainless steel versions.
    And for those of you with neither, old yoghurt pots work just as well!
  • Lolly sticks – I save up any lolly sticks from ice lollies the kids have when we are out and about (I am really not perfect at the Zero Waste thing..), wash them and stash them to use. They work better than the plastic handles that come with the kits, just remember to rescue them after eating the lollies to use again!
  • Freezer. Obvs.


I feel slightly fraudulent giving directions, this really isn’t rocket science, but I do have a handy tip about the sticks!

  • Pour the juice into the moulds, leaving about 1/2cm at the top to allow the juice to expand as it freezes
    Ice lollies-pouring
  • Place in the freezer without putting the sticks in the moulds yet
  • Set a timer for an hour (unless you have a better memory/are less easily distracted than me)
  • After an hour, take the mould out of the freezer and insert the sticks. Your lollies should be just frozen enough that the sticks can still be pushed in, and will stay standing upright
    Ice lollies-sticks
  • Freeze again for at least another hour, and then they are ready to go!
  • To get the lollies out of the moulds, I usually sit the whole thing in the sun for a minute or two, and then kind of twist and pull and they usually pop out ok

Don’t forget to rinse and recycle your plastic bottle..!!

Doubtless this post will see the end of the sunshine, for which I can only apologise.

I’d love to hear your top tips for Zero Waste ways of keeping cool this summer-let me know in the comments!

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  • Reply Suzie August 1, 2016 at 11:20 am

    back in the day , we used old yogurt pots and teaspoons…..

    • Reply Jen August 1, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      That sounds ace Suzie!

  • Reply Susie July 28, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    I’ve just bought a lolly maker and immediately went to inspect the length of the plastic sticks, after reading your article. Thanks for the tip.

    • Reply Jen July 29, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      Pleasure Susie! Enjoy your zero waste ice lollies 🙂

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  • Reply bookjournalsite July 22, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Lollies are lovely in the summer, enjoying your posts

    • Reply Jen July 22, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks so much!

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