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Food Companies Try To Settle The Argument Over Paper Versus Plastic Foam Cups

April 10, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Plastic foam cups do a great job of keeping cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot. But there is a perception among many consumers – and even some companies – that foam cups are not environmentally friendly because they do not recycle well. Scientists continue to debate the issue, but in the meantime retail restaurants like Starbucks, McDonald’s and Jamba Juice have turned to paper cups, particularly the more expensive double-walled ones that provide extra insulation. The big challenge for food companies is to find cups that work as well as plastic foam, don’t end up costing the consumer more and are more recyclable, according to industry analysts.
Laura Stevens, "Hot Drink Debate: Paper or Plastic?", The Wall Street Journal, April 10, 2014, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc
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