Disposable heroes of Coffee Cups

The decomposition time of coffee cups can vary depending on various factors such as the material they are made of and the environmental conditions they are exposed to.

Paper coffee cups, which are typically lined with a thin layer of plastic to make them waterproof, can take around 20 years to decompose in a landfill due to the slow breakdown of the plastic lining.

On the other hand, disposable coffee cups made from polystyrene foam (Styrofoam) can take hundreds of years to decompose because they are not easily broken down by natural processes.

However, it’s essential to note that decomposition rates can be influenced by factors such as temperature, moisture, and the presence of microorganisms. Additionally, some coffee cups are now being made from more environmentally friendly materials, such as biodegradable or compostable plastics, which may decompose more quickly under the right conditions.

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