What I could have done to make them more sustainable:
- Buttered the pan or used reusable silicon baking cups instead of cupcake papers.
- Made them from scratch to remove the plastic bags as well as the unnecessary waste from shipping the mixes.
- Put them in a reusable container that is easy to cary and that my friend could keep.
Although they were not ideal, these cupcakes were still a way to celebrate his birthday without having to buy store-made cupcakes and waste even more resources and plastic packaging (plus all of the staff in the newsroom enjoyed them).