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SACRAMENTO- Instead of the Girl Scout Cookie box you're familiar with, one type of Girl Scout Cookie will have a brand new look.  Girl Scouts of the USA and ABC Bakers have decided to go "green" by eliminating the outer box from the Thanks-A-Lot Cookies to reduce waste.

 "The Thanks-A-Lot packaging is part of a pilot program and our intentions are to transition all Girl Scout Cookies to this form of packaging," said VP of Strategy and Innovation for Interbake Foods, Gunther Brinkman.

 During last year's sale Girl Scouts in the Sacramento, Modesto and Stockton areas sold more than 13,000 cases of Thanks-A-Lot Cookies; if girls sell the same amount of Thanks-A-Lots in 2011, they will be eliminating more than 156,000 cookie boxes from the local waste stream.  Nationally, 150 tons of paperboard will be eliminated by changing the Thanks-A-Lot packaging.

 "If consumers like the new packaging, and the new packaging maintains cookie integrity in terms of breakage, we will begin testing of similar packaging for the other types of Girl Scout Cookies," said Brinkman.

 Eliminating the box not only reduces waste but allows more cookie packages to fit in a delivery truck.  This smaller sized package will yield an energy saving equivalent to 30,000 gallons of gasoline.*

 Help us reduce waste and fund programs that build girls of courage, confidence and character by purchasing Girl Scout Cookies today!  Girl Scout Cookies will be for sale from now until March 20.  Also debuting this year is our newest cookie, Shout Outs, a Belgian-style caramelized cookie.  For more information, please visit www.girlscoutshcc.org.

 *EPA Waste Reduction Model

  About Girl Scouts - Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts is still the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.  The local council, Girl Scouts Heart of Central California is headquartered in Sacramento and serves nearly 29,000 girls in 18 counties in Central California.  For more information, visit http://www.girlscoutshcc.org/.