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Paper cups unlike other cups are produced by sustainably managed, renewable materials. That makes paper cups a first choice to save earth.
Tea and coffee are widely consumed drinks in the world. It’s normal to see people sitting at their favorite shop enjoying their morning coffee or even carry those with them on their way to work. Takeaway coffee cups have existed for a long time and there are still debating over compostable coffee cups, whether it is genuinely good for the environment or no better than regular plastic. And here we will break down a few things so you can have a better look at compostable cups.
What are coffee cups made from?
Coffee is made from paper. But not just any regular paper but FSC certified paperboard, which means they are not from the forest. Then what makes it waterproof and leakproof? Inside the paper, cups are coated with a thin lining called PLA ( Polylactic Acid).
PLA is plastic?
Yes, but also No.
Let’s talk about plastic. Plastic, polymeric material that has the capability of being molded or shaped, usually by the application of heat and pressure.
So yes, PLA has the characteristic of plastic. But the plastic we have been using and PLA have a huge difference between them. The main material to create plastic is a polymer. However, the “plastic” products that we use daily such as milk bottle, water bottles are made from synthetic polymer (derived from petroleum oil and made by scientists and engineers) and PLA is a type of natural polymer (derived from sugar derivatives, including starch, cellulose, and lactic acid). So no, PLA is not the plastic that we always think it is, it’s a plant-based plastic that causes less harm to the environment.