As we have accepted convenience as our attitude – we should also accept that due to our excessive usage of paper cups is destroying our environment and our health.
People should understand that disposable paper-cups are coated with para wax or very thin plastic film to hold the liquids.
These linings, especially among low quality cups can indeed melt and get into your digestive tract leading to gastrointestinal disorders and other health issues.
Consider hot coffee / tea poured into a paper cup. What happens? “The migration of poly wax or polyethylene from a cup into the beverage it contains has been observed to be as high as 0.025% for a single use. That may seem like a rather low number, until you work it this way: If you drink beverages from poly coated cups four times a day for three years, you may have consumed about one foam cup’s worth of styrene along with your coffee/tea.”
On the other hand on environmental front paper biodegrades and leaving behind thin plastics. This thin plastics contaminate our air and water bodies -This is serious threat to our lives as well as animals on ground and marine animals. As you are aware of plastic – it will degrade only in next 500 – 1000 years. Most disposable products do not decompose in a landfill, or may release dangerous gases like methane if decomposed anaerobically. Moreover, this plastic resin prevents recycling of paper cups, which in turn demands more paper, harming the environment again, in the form of deforestation.
What is the solution????????