Back in my more innocent days I used to think that butter wrapped in foil was plastic free. Till the day I didn’t have a butter dish to hand (!) and butter was served, as bought, in the wrapper. Over time the foil wrapping began to crack, crack but not break. Strange I thought … and closer investigation showed it was not breaking up because it was foil lined with plastic.
So began the search for paper wrapped butter.
This is what I have found. Salted butter is more likely to come wrapped in paper than unsalted. Why? I have no idea.
The greaseproof paper used to wrap the butter may not be what it seems. Rather it could be plastic lined or chemically treated rather than natural greaseproof paper. You can read about the differences here.
But taking all of the above into account, paper wrapped butter and margarine is the best we can do.
Buying Paper Wrapped Butter
The Cheese Stall in Queensgate, Huddersfield, (only salted)
Barbican in Chorlton Manchester, (only salted).
Sainsbury’s, Huddersfield Town Centre do unsalted butter in paper but you can only find it on the cheese counter not in the self service aisles. The wrapper definitely has a paper component but is marked mixed materials which means it is probably plastic lined. See above notes.
Morrisons – I have heard they sell some butter in paper. Not personally confirmed.
Sainsbury and the Co-op wrap their cheap, salted, butter in paper. At least they used to. I have recently heard that they have stopped doing this. I am currently investigating. Read about it here.
I have found myself falling out with margarine – it is slithery, weird and synthetic so I only use it very occasionally. This information may well be out of date.
Sainsburys & Tescos do paper wrapped.
You can often use vegetable oil in place of margarine or butter. Cheaper than butter healthier than margarine. It isn’t entirely plastic-free either but I do what I can
Other plastic foil wrapped products that have disappointed me
You can find out more about plastic lined paper and foil here
And other sneaky plastics here….