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A Clamshell for a Muffin?

My mom had Little Girl yesterday. Me, I was working. This week just won’t stop. Okay, so she goes out and, as usual, brings her home with food. In this case she’s got two muffins from the local bagel store — a chocolate chip for Big Girl and a blueberry for Little Girl. They arrive packaged separately in little plastic clamshell boxes. Uggg.

I just don’t understand why stores of all variety and sizes continue packing food into plastic that, unfortunately, people probably aren’t recycling. Whenever I go to that particular store, for example, they always try and give me a ton of plastic that I invariably have to tell the person behind the counter to skip. A piece of wax paper is fine, I say. I don’t need plastic clamshells for my cookies, muffins, or danish. They always look at me like I am nuts, but comply.

You’d think the store would want to save a little cash (not to mention the environment), and skip the clambox. But no, that’s just not the case. I asked about it once and was told that customers like their muffins completely unbruised. Putting a muffin in paper, I was told, means the sides might get a little squished. (Are we really so silly that we can’t have a little imperfection when we’re eating our sweets?) It’s sort of like the wastefulness of using a plastic bag for a single item while shopping. Or using plastic wrap instead of a reusable container to put away leftovers. Once you think about it you realize how silly the practice is.

And so, my challenge to you: This week try and avoid using one piece of plastic — wrap, clamshell, bag, or otherwise. Nothing radical. Just a single change. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is.

One Response to “A Clamshell for a Muffin?”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    This week, I had a cashier at JCPenney’s tell me that I “had” to have a bag when I left the store and that I could not carry the item out of the store without a bag. I called the Asst mgr, then the customer service person at the store and finally wrote the people at corporate an email. It turns out, this isn’t a corporate policy at all! The local store manager apologized for this incidence and corrected all the employees about letting customers skip a bag at their next meeting. Sometimes all it takes is something small like an email. I was proud of the company for the way they handled this–slowly it will get better!

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