We all love coffee and we love to drink it often! It’s a great way to start the morning, get an afternoon boost, or relax after dinner. The problem is that most of us get our coffee in a paper cup. After all, we are busy and don’t have the time to sit and savor our coffee (even though that would be really nice!). The problem is that most paper cups are bad for you and for the environment. Here’s why your coffee deserves more than a paper cup.
Most to go coffee cups are made from paper, which many people think can be recycled or will eventually biodegrade. Unfortunately, in order for the paper cups to not dissolve while holding hot liquid, they are lined with polyethylene. Polyethylene is a type of plastic that cannot be recycled (In fact, it’s the same plastic that is used to make plastic shopping bags!). This type of plastic is also non-biodegradable. The lids for paper cups are not any better. Though they may not feel like it, they are made from polystyrene, another product that is not recyclable and will never biodegrade.
Paper cups and lids are also bad for your health. When you heat up polyethylene with hot coffee, it leaches harmful chemicals into the liquid. Even if you are using room temperature liquids, polyethylene can still release hormone disruptors which can wreak havoc on your endocrine system. Polystyrene is also not good for your health. It can leach styrene which is now considered a carcinogen. Polystyrene is also made of benzene, another known carcinogen.
While paper to go cups are convenient and useful, they are not the best for you or the environment. If you are making the choice to drink the best ethically sourced beans, then you should drink from the best cups as well. Opt for reusable mugs and cups that will keep your beverage hot and portable. You’ll help both the environment and yourself.
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