Polystyrene (the generic name for styrofoam) is a type of plastic that takes hundreds of years to break down, and is used almost exclusively for disposible purposes. Because these cups, packing peanuts, plates, etc. are all disposible, they become litter very easily. This is gross enough, but the problem is made worse because when polystyrene starts to break apart, it releases both known and suspected carcinogens, like benzene. These items become toxic to marine life and also contribute to the destruction of the Ozone layer because polystyrene is made using HCFCs.
So, when you go get your donut, please say "No, Thanks!" to the unnecessary polystyrene cup.
And say yes to these adorable coasters:
Lilly Pullitzer coasters add a bit of Palm Beach prep to any space (wayyyy classier and cuter than styrofoam)
I LOVE these agate slice coasters from Urban Outfitters. My Grandmother, who was a Geologist would have adored these!
I'm not sure who designed these sailor knot coasters, but they are awesome!