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Fake Plastic Fish said...
Okay, I have partial info. The jury is somewhat still out but not completely. I called M&M Mars and spoke with "Bill" today. He could not find the exact materials for the package (and we both agreed that I was talking about the small individual serving size that they sell at the check-out counter. Not the minis and not the huge bags.) But he knows they are not recyclable because they are paper coated with some kind of plastic. Which is kind of what I thought. So I guess they rip because they are paper, but they are also plastic and therefore not so great, actually.
Can you get chocolate covered nuts from a bulk bin somewhere? That's my fave M&M substitute.
September 15, 2009 2:47 PM
On some level, I knew those bags were coated with plastic. I just didn't want it to be true. So no more wandering to the break room vending machine when I'm sleepy in the afternoon, and no more purchases at the bodega counter for an after lunch sweet. I liked the ritual as much as anything-- even though bringing something from home that came from a bulk bin would save on money as well as plastic.
Then again, mixing candy coated chocolate with tamari roasted almonds, bulk bin finds both, does sound kind of awesome.