The widely loved Ice Cream Museum in Downtown Los Angeles is sprinkling some environmental concern around The Sprinkle Pool. The main attraction may pack a bigger punch on the world around us than on Instagram.
An estimated 100 million sprinkles are in the pool.
Critics believe the tiny plastic sprinkles can get easily carried out into the streets on people's clothing and become litter. Once out in the open, it has the potential to end up in the water and be hazardous to marine life.
The museum said it has taken steps to reduce this environmental impact. They’ve hired cleaners to do sweeps around several blocks around the building on 7th St.
If you walk around the exhibit’s location, you can find a trail of sprinkles dotting the sidewalks and in the gutters for blocks. Many residents are concerned that with rainfall, these sprinkles will get carried out to the ocean.
"My concern is that they go down the drains and into the bay, where they will be bite-sized for most fish," San Francisco resident Johanna Sanders told SF Gate.
Sanders was able to see the sprinkles all over San Francisco; in the Financial District, through Chinatown and even along the Embarcadero, which is a full mile away from the Museum of Ice Cream SF.
A representative of the museum told TMZ that they are working to create biodegradable sprinkles for the Sprinkle Pool. California's top environmental specialists have been consulted on the issue, according to the report.
For sanitary reasons, the museum doesn't use real, edible sprinkles. They are completely plastic and made at a factory in Los Angeles, coated with "antimicrobial germ bloc," according to a spokesperson for the Museum of Ice Cream.