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[GreenYes] paper vs polystyrene

I had a cafe owner ask me about using paper cups vs styrofoam cups. My gut
reaction was to cry out "paper!", which is what the customers have been
saying too. However, doing cursory research online, all I can find are
testimonies as to how much less resources and energy polystyrene uses and
the fact that in a landfill neither decompose. Granted, I believe most of
our garbage is burned and the polystyrene does give off more toxins.
However, she read that most paper cups have a plastic coating or liner,
which would make them somewhat evil to burn too... We both know that real
answer to the debate is for customers to bring their own mug. However, until
that happens a hundred percent of the time, does anyone have any good
research on this issue or know where to find some?


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