Cups made from corn have been showing up at some coffee shops and other places were beverages are sold but are they the best option for the environment? Let’s take a look.
Some say they are:
- They’re made from corn so they reduce our use of petroleum, which most plastics come from.
- They’re made with a naturally occurring resources.
- They can be composted.
Some say they aren’t:
- They cost more to make than traditional plastic cups.
- The corn used is often made from genetically modified corn.
- The cups cannot be composted in your backyard. They need to be commercially composted.
- Not all shops that use these products are collecting them for composting.
If the cups are sent to a landfill rather than a commercial compost, they will decompose eventually, which can’t be said for plastic cups. It will take a long time, though.
The best bet, of course, is to use a BPA-free, reusable beverage container when your on the go. You were kind of expecting me to say this, weren’t you?
But I’m curious everyone – have you seen these cups being offered where you live? If so, where?