While disposable plastic cups are never really an eco-friendly option, sometimes it's hard to avoid them for special events or get-togethers. If you must buy disposable cups, choose ones marked with a "1" recycling symbol on the bottom instead of the standard "6." No. 6 plastics are typically found in Styrofoam or very dense plastic cups (usually designed to mimic crystal glass), and when heated, they can release toxic chemicals. They are also very difficult to recycle. No. 1 plastics, or PETE, are commonly found in soda and water bottles, are relatively safe and are the most commonly recyclable plastics. When your party is done, you can toss the No. 1 plastic cups into your curbside recycling for safe and green disposal.
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