Is it better to drink hot beverages in Styrofoam cups or paper cups?

Is it better to drink hot beverages in Styrofoam cups or paper cups?

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  1. The better choice is to get one of the many durable cups made of glass, ceramic, or an appropriately insulated metal. Carry one with you, and leave one at work. Some coffee shops even give a little discount if you bring your own cup for your cuppa.
    Between paper and Styrofoam, if you must, paper is probably the better choice. Most paper cups are plastic coated so they can’t be recycled or composted, and few of the ones that are compostable ever make it to be composted. However, styrofoam is, if anything, worse. It never decomposes, but it can get blown around in the wind and break into tiny pieces, adding to the microplastics in our waterways and the deleterious effects on wildlife. It’s rarely recyclable, or recycled.

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  2. I’m going to go with the “get yourself a reusable cup” crowd. There’s a movement afoot to take the chemicals out of paper cups, but it doesn’t have enough adherents. When 49 out of the 50 coffee places in your neighborhood proudly declare that they are using 100% biodegradable paper cups, you can go back to paper. In the interim, go with a reusable cup or mug.
    Styrofoam can be recycled but to answer Rob Keele, we THINK the decomposition time is about 500 years. Styrofoam hasn’t been around long enough for there to be a “real world” test. It’s been tested in laboratory extrapolations. Essentially, earth sciencey types say that the plastic never decomposes but the bonds weaken so you have the same amount of plastic crap, just in much smaller to find pieces, leeching into the water system. The best real-world(empirical) test you could come up with would be from someone who composted the first ever piece of styrofoam in 1947. Ergo, the estimations of 500, 700, 1000, 1 brazillion, are all estimates frankly anything that says “more than a century” really means “indestructible”.
    Think about that recycling for a moment, too. It’s kinda indestructible. Recycling in this cases just means making another indestructible, non-compostable, non-biodegradable object or component out of it. I’ve heard of a company making construction blocks out of it. “Hey, let’s just push our problem down the road a few decades, maybe someone will discover the sorcerer’s stone and they’ll be able to make gold out of it. Hey, they’ll thank us.”
    By the way, if you just wanted to know the scientific answer as to thermal properties….. styrofoam keeps temperatures in better than paper. The touch test will tell you that. Your paper venti cup from Starbucks feels hot to the touch. That’s heat transfer… leaving your coffee, going through the paper layers, warming the air. The cooling process (like the heating process but that’s another smart-ass lecture for a different thread) is all about heat transfer.

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  3. I would suggest to use Paper cups for Hot beverages instead of Styrofoam cups. Styrofoam is made from the plastic polystyrene. While drinking or consuming any hot liquid on styrofoam we also are leaching in chemicals from the cup itself so it’s not good for our health.
    Paper cups are more environmentally friendly than polystyrene foam ones, because paper cups are made from trees — a renewable resource. In contrast, polystyrene is made from natural gas and petroleum — which are non-renewable — byproducts.

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