I love Girl Scouts!  Not only do I love the organization and what they are doing for girls, but I also love their cookies.  After all, who doesn’t love Girl Scout cookies?  However, I now have a new reason to love Girl Scout Cookies.  For those of you who have already purchased them this year, you may have noticed new packaging:

 

 

In the past Girl Scout Cookies were purchased by the box, but this year they are being sold as packages.  For most varieties of cookies, the only difference you will notice is the package in place of a box.  However for two varieties of Girl Scout Cookies, Thanks-A-Lot and Lemonades, you will notice that the cookies come in actual recyclable film, which is similar to the film cookies are normally bagged in, inside the paperboard boxes.  ABC Bakers, which is one of two licensed bakers of Girl Scout Cookies, started the new packaging in 2010 with only the Thanks-A-Lot Girl Scout Cookie.  They estimate that this change saved 150 tons of paperboard from the trash!  It also allowed them to ship more cookie packages per truck saving approximately 2,600 gallons of diesel a year!  However don’t worry too much about the paperboard packaging, as it is recyclable as well.

Turning to the side of the cookie package, you will notice a GreenPalm Sustainability logo.  This means that both ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers are official members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which is committed to producing sustainable, environmentally and socially responsible palm oil.  This means that all of the palm oil used in Girl Scout Cookies is sourced from RSPO.

In addition to sustainable packaging and palm oil, some varieties of Girl Scout Cookies made by ABC Bakers are also vegan.  Vegan food is more environmentally-friendly because it doesn’t have the large carbon-footprint made by animals.  Our vegan cookie-lovers will be please to know that they can enjoy the Thin Mint, Thank-A-Lot, Lemonades, and Peanut Butter Patties Girl Scout Cookies.

And there is one more environmentally-friendly reason to love Girl Scout Cookies: when a Girl Scout Troop in the Eastern Mass Council (which is most of the SouthCoast Energy Challenge area) sells at least 24 packages of cookies, Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass (GSEM) will symbolically adopt a dolphin from the National Wildlife Federation!  Now what did you say your favorite Girl Scout Cookie was?  Mine is Carmel DeLites!

 

http://www.abcsmartcookies.com/

http://www.abcsmartcookies.com/earth-friendly-practices

http://www.abcsmartcookies.com/out-of-the-box

http://www.girlscoutcookies.org

http://www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_cookies/pdf/2012_new_cookie_box.pdf

http://www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_cookies/faq.asp

http://www.girlscoutseasternmass.org/cookies/Cookie-Book.pdf