Girl Scout cookies hack

When the green-garbed cookie pushers come my way, I hide: I just love those waist-bulging Thin Mints much too much. But if others don’t abstain, you might be able to benefit in a way that respects creative re-use, and indirectly reduce plastic consumption.

I discovered an empty Thin Mints carton (that holds 12 boxes) is the perfect size to use for storing and sorting letter-sized manila folders, which themselves are often packed without plastic and can be had with high recycled fiber content.

And using the box spares a purchase for a case; many small cases for manila folders are made of plastic.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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