mar2205_styrofoam.jpg

The Case Against Styrofoam Cups


Why is it that chains like Timothy's as well as independent coffee shops like Shai's in Kensington Market still serve their coffee is styrofoam, er, polystyrene cups only? Haven't they noticed that Starbucks, and recently Second Cup are now only serving up java in the paper variety?

I don't ask the question just for environmental reasons. First and foremost, it's a health issue. Research shows that drinking hot beverages in styrofoam cups is bad for you. Rather than repeat the claims here, I'll refer you to various articles on the subject.

The sad thing is that most coffee shop owners probably don't know any better. The person I spoke to at Shai's fained ignorance on the matter. He claims they chose styrofoam because it makes the cups easier to hold.


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Eat & Drink

140 bars and restaurants that closed in Toronto since the start of the pandemic

Popular ramen chain from Japan just opened its first Toronto location

5 Japanese cheesecakes in Toronto you need to try at least once

Toronto restaurant owners letting customers know what they think of Adamson BBQ

Toronto brewery near Adamson Barbecue struggling to get orders to customers

Adamson BBQ owner Adam Skelly raises more than $170k to cover legal expenses

Toronto bars are teaming up for a takeout brunch menu where everything is under $10

Fundraiser for Adamson Barbecue raises more than $28k in less than 24 hours