Why we Should not Drink Tea or Coffee in Plastic Cup?


Do you also take coffee or tea in plastic cups or use straws to drink coffee? Or, do you use food which is packed in polythene?

If yes, shun this habit of yours, as otherwise,  you are possibly going to suffer with serious kidney, liver diseases or even cancer like problems in near future.

I was also very comfortable and happy drinking tea in plastic cups during my breaks in office until I came to know about its harms. Like many I was not aware that plastic comes in many forms and could be harmful for health. We have a separate article on the various types of articles, that you can check know the type of plastic.

It all happened in a break time like any other normal days. I was in a queue waiting to make a cup of tea for me. There was a heap of plastic cups for the office staff that one normally can take to make coffee or tea. But most of the people were not using them. I went towards the heap and picked up one for me to make a tea for myself. I prepared a cup of tea and started moving to a seat over there.

One of my co-worker saw me with a surprise, like I would have done a very big sin. She asked with astonishment as why I was drinking in a plastic cup and told me about harms of doing this.

She told me that these plastic cups have wax and taking hot drinks in them can cause cancer. This was so horrific that I immediately made my heart to stop drinking tea in plastic cups.

Also Read: How to know the Type of the Plastic you are using?

I found not only plastic cups but straws are also as harmful because they are also made up of Bisphenol chemical that is responsible for spreading cancer like diseases.


The government has also banned use of plastic in many places because it is not recyclable and causes pollution to the earth in many ways.

Side Effects of using Plastic Cups or Straws for Hot Drinks

  1. The plastic which is used in the manufacturing of plastic cups is made with Bisphenol A(BPA) and Polypropylene which are chemicals. When we use these cups to drink hot liquid, the heat produced by them heats up the above chemicals which often upsets your stomach.
  2. The chemical reaction between hot liquids and plastic cups can cause obesity, on set puberty and cancer like diseases many times.
  3. BPA directly affects our body harmones causing disorder in reproduction and brain development. It also affects the Alfa cells responsible for the production of insulin in pancreas. Therefore, presence of this chemical in body can affect glucose levels in our body.
  4. Plastic cups when washed with hot water are equally harmful as it still releases the BPA content with which it is made up of. After washing with hot water, if these cups are used for cold liquids then also can be harmful.
  5. The results of tests conducted in people using plastic cups for hot liquids, revealed that 95% of them have high BPA content in their urine.
  6. The high BPA content could be very dangerous in pregnant woman and her unborn child. It can lead to breast cancer in women using the chemical and may result into miscarriages also.
  7. The high BPA content cause prostate cancer and reduce sperm production. Thus, it causes infertility in males as well.
  8. High BPA content in plastic cups reduces immunity power of our body.
  9. A person having high BPA content is aggressive and hyper active.
  10. The plastic cups being used for hot liquids do not recycle completely due to chemicals present in them and thus cause pollution.


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