Reference: 2013 Resolution posted 12/31/2012
Big Box grocers sell butter wrapped in wax paper and then placed in a small cardboard box. Not too bad in terms of waste. You can deal with a small amount of paper and recycle the cardboard. If you buy margarine, unfortunately you have to deal with the plastic tub.
There are a lot of dairy farms near our place, and we are able buy large blocks of locally produced butter at our small, local grocer--Sunny Farms. The block is wrapped simply in cellophane. We place the block in a sealed, reusable container to use over a couple of weeks.
It would be tough for us to go back to margarine in the big tubs. Fresh butter is the best--very tasty. Lots of product with very little waste. And unlike plastic, cellophane decomposes. I can live with that.