A tale of two take-out boxes
A prime example of a hidden plastic is the brown paper take-out box often found at salad bars. Have you ever used one and thought it might be recyclable because it is made of paper? Like most paper plates and cups, these boxes are coated with plastic to make them leak-proof, and they are generally
not recyclable or compostable
Here’s where it gets tricky...
a line of brown take-out boxes that uses a plant-based coating, making them compostable.
These boxes look
to the non-recyclable, non-compostable paperboard boxes that are lined with plastic
To know if your take-out box is compostable, look for the “compostable” label that is certified by Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), or text that says the box is commercially compostable. If you aren’t sure, don’t be afraid to follow this rule:
When in doubt, throw it out.