Supposedly eco-friendly paper coffee cups are just as toxic as plastic ones and may be linked to...
Supposedly eco-friendly paper cups may be just as toxic to the environment and human body as plastic ones, a study suggests.
Scientists in Swedenfound the thin-film of plastic coated onto the surfaces of disposable paper cupsto keep their contents from seeping into the paper emit toxic substances.
In experiments that involved insects causedbirth defects and other developmental damage, both whenthe paper cup was left to biodegrade in water as well as when left in sediment or dirt.
The news comes just weeks after similar results from researchers in Belgium, who found that paper straws tested high in concentrations of the group of toxic synthetic 'forever chemicals'.
Now, the Swedish researchers are calling for 'transparency requirements within the plastics industry' hoping to force 'clear reporting of what chemicals all products contain, much like in the pharmaceutical industry.'
Because paper easily absorbs water, other liquids, oils and fats from all kinds of food and beverages, manufacturers treat the paper used in food packaging with resistant plastic surface coatings.