Monday, October 29, 2007
Breaking news: THE PAPER CUP
Paper cups are all over the place these days. I mean in the media, not just strewn about streets and seas.....
Toronto Star columnist David Rider contemplates cups in Have mug, will travel, for his weekly "enlightened shopper" column. He contacted me to ask my personal cup preference - ceramic vs. steel vs. plastic (see article for my answer: hint reuse!), and gave BYO a nice mention.
Then noticed this plug for reusables in Real World Green, "Paper cups, do you use them?" Clear message here to bring your own!
Seems a small issue in the grand scheme of things, but such an easy one to shift. And as the Real World clip mentioned, paper cups are NOT in fact recyclable, which most people incorrectly assume.
Personally, I'd avoid the plastic mug with hot coffee, as certain plastics can leach out nasty chemicals, especially when heated.
Granted, there are numerous kinds of plastic, 7 actually, not sure what type is used for these coffee cups. This article gives a plastics-health overview, as well as a breakdown of the #s.
I'd stay on the safe side and stick to ceramic or stainless steel.
And LOVE your cup!
Posted by Anna at 3:03 PM