Want to be More Eco-Friendly? Stop Using Disposable Cups! - NO HARM DONE
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 disposable 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. It is also commonly referred to as Styrofoam.
Paper cups and lids are also bad for your health. When you heat up polyethylene with hot coffee, it leeches 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. This can lead to fatigue, vomiting and unexplained weight changes.
Polystyrene is also not good for your health. The toxins in Polystyrene affect our nervous systems, which can impair our memory or weaken our muscles.
Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Disposable Cups
While paper to go cups are convenient and useful, they are not the best for you or the environment. Opt for reusable mugs and cups that will keep your beverage hot and portable while minimising health issues.
To further prevent health and environmental issues you can try out our compostable coffee capsules. You’ll help both the environment and yourself!
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