I don't know about you, but plastic packaging is a big pet peeve of mine. Especially since we made a concerted effort during this past October's Eco Challenge (sponsored by the Northwest Earth Institute) to reduce our trash output, I've become especially aware of how much of our garbage is simply the things we use to carry other things home from the store (and, of course, to make those things attractive enough to make me want to buy them in the first place).
One solution to this problem - make it from scratch! Not as intimidating as it sounds, I promise. Here's a couple of resources to get you started:
Make Your Own Brown Sugar at The Green Phone Booth (one of my top five fave blogs, BTW)
Cooking from Scratch - 5 Must-Have Staples at Eco Child's Play
Happy Making, as my four-year-old would say!