It’s that time of year again: No, not election season — it’s party time! A reader writes to say her sorority is about to go on a major Jell-O shot bender. Being a responsible drinker, she continues, “We want to get drunk, but we also want to protect the environment.”

As you should. And Umbra is here to end the paper-vs.-plastic Jell-O cup debate (hint: neither) and tell you what’s really in that gelatinous goo (it’s not horse hooves, but it’s equally disgusting).


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