Hot Drink Debate: Paper or Plastic? – USA

Posted on April 14, 2014 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News

Hot Drink Debate: Paper or Plastic? –

Jamba Juice Co. and several other food chains are starting to serve the same drinks in paper cups. Ms. Falk is a fan; her drink stays just as cold in Jamba Juice’s new doubled-walled paper cup, she said.

The paper industry likes it a lot too. Production of white copy paper and other forms of “uncoated” paper has fallen about 38% since 1999, while demand for paper cups is growing as much as 5% a year, according to industry analysts. Environmental concerns from consumers and new bans on plastic foam in more U.S. cities are prompting food chains to make a switch. 


Jamba Juice said last year it would adopt paper cups for its smoothies and other cold drinks “to improve our environmental footprint.” McDonald’s Corp. is replacing plastic-foam cups with McCafe paper cups at all 14,000 McCafes across the country. The company says it is trying to be more environmentally conscious and cut costs on trash. Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. has said it is testing paper cups.

Finally some relief from a major fast food industry.   No we need more to come on board.  It is ironic that the only ones liking foam cups are the makers of foam cups.  The infamous ACC who car more about their pockets than giving any thought to what damage their products are causing the out doors for the rest of us.