*Assumptions are at the end of the document.
number -> Data attributed to the Paper Cup
number -> Data attributed to the Styrofoam Cup
Materials Choice [1,1]:
To produce paper cups requires cutting down millions of trees, destroying habitats and polluting
the air. That being said, new EPA requirements state that any paper goods must be at least 30%
recyclable, although most products today are 100% post consumer recycled material. Unfortunately,
despite these efforts to make the planet greener, in 2007, only 56% of paper used up in the U.S. was
Styrofoam cups, made of polystyrene, are almost always recyclable due to the fact that
“polystyrene materials can be reprocessed and molded” to form new products to be used around the
world. Even not recycled Styrofoam would not affect the environment to the extent that paper, cans,
batteries or glass can.
Energy Use [1,2]: