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I have the option of buying maple syrup in glass bottles, or buying in bulk at Whole Foods and refilling my bottles. But, I was thinking, which one is actually better? I doubt that the containers they use to fill up the bulk syrup are not plastic, right? I know this is nitty gritty, but which would you do? Thanks!
First, I would check with the buyer at Whole Foods to find out for sure how the bulk maple syrup is packaged. Then, if it is a plastic container, it's a matter of personal preference. You have to decide which is more important to you -- reducing waste or reducing the amount of plastic in contact with your food. Honestly, sometimes I buy the glass jar and sometimes I fill my own jar. There isn't a perfect answer.
I'm not sure whether this is feasible where you live, but if there is anybody who makes maple syrup near you, they may not mind filling a bunch of jars for you in the spring, straight from the (metal) evaporating pans. I know I have it easy working on a farm that makes syrup and cider in their respective seasons (both end up in plastic…sigh…), but I've seen others bring their own buckets/pails/jars to get filled up for the season, and the boss doesn't mind a bit! Good luck!
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