Waste: Paper wrapping (recyclable)
2. Kikkoman soy sauce
Origin: The company is based out of Wisconsin, but who knows where it was actually made?
Waste: Plastic top (landfill), bottle (recyclable)
3. Little Notch Bakery 7 grain bread
Origin: Southwest Harbor, ME (60 miles)
Waste: Plastic bag – will be used for kitty poops
4. Kate’s unsalted butter
Origin: Old Orchard Beach, ME (160 miles)
Waste: Paperboard outer packaging (recyclable), foil around butter (? can I recycle this? Usually I just landfill it)
5. Pineland Farms jack cheese
Origin: New Gloucester, ME (125 miles)
Waste: Plastic packaging (Terracycle?)
Origin: Waldoboro, ME (85 miles)
Waste: None! Local farmers will reuse the carton.
Origin: “Local” (I assume this means somewhere in Maine, but I didn’t write it down)
8. Semi-sweet chocolate chips
Waste: None. Purchased in bulk.
9. Plain yogurt
Origin: Frankfort, ME (25 miles)
Waste: None. The jar can be returned for deposit and the farm will reuse it.
Origin: Sangerville, ME (50 miles)
Waste: Either recyclable OR I can try to see if they will take it back.
Number of local items: 7 out of 10
Number of items destined for the landfill: Maybe 4 – plastic soy sauce top, foil butter wrappers (unless I can recycle them?), plastic bag (full of kitty poops, but even so), and cheese packaging (unless I can Terracycle it).