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 Varun, an IT professional working in Technopark, was finding himself with an upset stomach every night. While normal medical checks revealed nothing wrong in him, deeper probes revealed the reason – the ordinary disposable paper cups he used for drinking his tea at his office pantry.

Disposable paper cups have become quite popular in office pantries due to the convenience it offers. What many overlook is the fact that these paper cups are coated with a tiny layer of wax, which is essential to prevent water from seeping into the paper. When very hot liquids are pour over this cup, the paper cups wax may disintegrate and a little may come off, which will promptly be sent along with the drink into our stomachs!. While our body can discard minor amounts, over the long-term, it does become a problem.

So what can be done about it? You can try to bring your own glass cups. Glass is one of the least reactive materials in the world (remember acids are stored in glass vessels, blood samples are collected in glass plates – these are for a good reason). But glass does have the problem of breaking easily, so it requires good care. Ceramic cups are probably the best bet. Of course, you can also use your ordinary stainless steel glass, but never use plastic ones – they are harmful, and its dangers are even worse than wax!

To conclude, the best and the safest way to deal with this paper cups wax problem is to avoid these harmful paper, plastic, Styrofoam cups and use stainless steel, glass or ceramic mugs instead.



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  1. Good Info. We have to use steel glasses or ceramic cups for this purpose. Excessive intake of wax coating from paper cups may cause stomach upset and event lead to diseases.

  2. Also avoid paper cups, to save earth. companies can buy ceramic cups and keep in pantries, thats more healthy and cost -effective way.

  3. paper cups are now widely using no matter whether it is a pantry or a function. some of them are good, but costly – so in pantries and parties people are buying low cost paper cups – they don’t have any quality.

  4. if you consume hot water / milk / tea / coffee in paper cup, that’s dangerous for your health.

  5. Paper cups can be used only once, and once its used it becomes waste. people need to dump it somewhere or re-cycle it. imagine an IT company with 1000 staffs – how many cups they will be using on a day? please use ceramic cup instead. remove paper cups from pantries, and keep a few ceramic cup instead. Save Trees and save environment – save money and save health.

  6. This is totally wrong information. Paper cups are inside poly coated only. Wax is not at all used for making a paper cup.Before writing this article, the author must know the facts.Nowadays wax coated paper cups are not manufactured by industry.