One clear reason why people like to use Styrofoam cups more
than paper cups for their hot beverages, is because it is a better insulator.
Many people usually ‘burn’ their hands while holding tea/coffee in a singular
paper cup. Therefore people usually use two paper cups (double layer it), a few
napkins or a cardboard sheet protector.
Although lots of people think differently, paper cups are actually
very complicated to recycle. This is because most paper cups are coated with a
thin layer of wax from the inside. Paper cups also take way more energy, raw material
and money to make. Compared to a Styrofoam cup, a paper cup needs 12 times the
amount of water to be produced, 36 times the electricity of a foam cup. It also
costs twice the amount of money to make.