Friday, September 25, 2009

Plastic-Free Cookies

It's a distant memory now, but long, long ago, I made my first attempt to avoid plastic at the grocery store.

It was an endeavor that changed my life and empowered me to do something different. To take a stand and to show the world (or a least anyone who happened to land on my blog) that creating so much garbage, plastic or otherwise, is not necessary. It's possible to live a good and happy life without sending 4.5 pounds of trash to the landfill each day.

I'm happy that I started my less-plastic experiment that day, but after almost two years of blogging about it, that must be obvious.

But now I feel I must also admit something. That day was also the start of a horrible reality. That's right. It was the start of life without cookies.

No Oreos. No Nilla Wafers. No Big & Soft Chocolate Chunk Chips Ahoy.

Life would be cookie-less, or at least I thought it would be until, soon after my experiment began, I stepped into my local bakery and discovered a precious secret—local bakeries make delicious cookies that can be acquired with little or no packaging.

That's right. A shop that might just be right near your house can provide you with delicious cookies that are better for the environment and help nurture the local economy. Who ever thought cookies could be so good?

The moral of the story: The next time you consider buying a box of Keebler Fudge Shoppe Mini Fudge Stripes cookies, put them down and pay your local baker a visit. You won't regret it (unless you eat too many cookies, which, actually, you might regret, but I can't help you with that).

p.s. You can also make your own cookies. Those are good, too.


Nick S. said...

The conversation with my wife will go like this tonight:
Me: I've decided to eat more cookies.
Wife: Why?
Me: Because they're good for the environment.
Wife: That's not a good enough reason.
Me: Well, Jeanne told me to eat more cookies.
Wife: Oh, then great!
Thanks, Jeanne!

Franklin Johnson said...

But I like Oreos!! How about if I eat them with Milk from a glass bottle?

Lisa Sharp said...

I love baking my own but we all know we don't always want to do that. Thankfully this week and organic bakery just opened and they will put the cookies in my reusable container. Yummy!

EcoGrrl said...

another benefit to avoiding Keebler and the like...check out the massive ingredient list on those brands...not only should we reduce packaging but also make sure we are conscientious about what we put in our body...

colocruizer said...

I never eat store-bought cookies, but when I saw the "plastic free cookies" title I was really hoping that you'd provide suggestions for finding chocolate chips, brown sugar, etc. that don't come in plastic bags. Do you have any suggestions for that? thanks

Anonymous said...

In my household cookies are rare and when there are we make them last, so why not buy them from the store, it's not like Im buying plastic sealed cookies every week.

Heart of Stone said...

i know u can buy choc chips in bulk at wholefoods.