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Are Biodegradable Cups As Good As They Sound?

By Gretchen Roberts, "The Breakdown on Biodegradable ," January/February 2009

What really happens to those “green” disposable cups?


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The History of the Disposable Cup:

c. 1900:
"The common cup" is available at communal drinking-areas for people to share.

1908:
New ideas about sanitation inspire the first disposable paper cup, sealed with paraffin.

1952:
BASF The Chemical Company introduces the first polystyrene cup (commonly referred to as Styrofoam ®).

1977:
Nathaniel C. Wyeth, working for DuPont, invents the plastic soda bottle.

2005:
Disposable, biodegradable hot and cold cup patent is issued.



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