After having just seen Pillsbury’s new “Ready To Bake” chocolate chip cookies, I’ve reached my limit. This new product is a tray of pre-sliced unbaked cookie rounds that need only to be transferred to a baking sheet.
How much stinking energy does it take for someone to open one of those cookie dough tubes and slice off some slabs? This new tray product consumes twice the shelf space, triple to quintuple the packaging materials and saves the end user all of fifteen seconds. Since you do not need a sharp knife to slice cookie dough, there’s not even an issue of making the food item “child safe.”
It’s time that overpackaged goods and other unnecessarily preprocessed products get hit with a surcharge that will help to pay for our already burdened landfills. I know that our politicians will have a field day with allocating the huge revenues this tax would bring, but I am beginning not to care. People need to be discouraged from buying such horribly nonessential products. Hitting a person’s wallet is one of the best ways to deter such laziness.