History[ edit ] Paper cups have been documented in imperial Chinawhere paper was invented by 2nd century BC. Textual evidence of paper cups appears in a description of the possessions of the Yu family, from the city of Hangzhou.
Is your cup compostable — or biodegradable? And why does it matter again? By Rachel Cernansky on Aug 23, Photo by kizzzbeth. For all our environmental woes, the U. And this shift is good for more than just our landfills.
But as composting becomes more popular, so do the companies trying to capitalize on the uptick: At the same time, some products are plant-based, but not compostable. What about things like coffee cups and to-go food containers? Does that super-thin layer of plastic keep them from being compostable?
It depends who you ask. Some cities, like San Francisco, collect plastic-coated packaging with their compost. But others are concerned that the plastic ultimately ends up contaminating the environment, in such small fragments that they are nearly invisible on the surface.
Instead, they contaminate the finished compost as well as the soil where that compost is used, where worms and insects will ingest it.
And, as some research has shown, those fragments also ultimately get washed out with the rain and feed into rivers, lakes, and oceans, where they impact marine ecosystems. So we ended up having big pieces of plastic. Sorting it all out Get Grist in your inbox Always free, always fresh.
In fact, when they end up in landfills, the compostable packaging just ends up contributing to methane emissions. When clear compostable cups end up in the recycling bin, they can actually contaminate the plastic recycling process.
If the recycling facility is able to identify the compostable items, they can screen them out, but that means extra steps and, probably, extra labor costs.
She describes composting today as similar to the early days of recycling, before the proper infrastructure and public education efforts were established. And for now, the bottom line is to find out what your local composting facility does and does not accept.
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