You may already know that plastic cups made of polystyrene or expanded polystyrene are not biodegradable and can take hundreds of years to decompose. Unlike other biodegradable materials, plastic does not break down into organic matter through natural processes but into smaller pieces that do not disappear completely.
Thanks to my understanding of the effects of plastic cups on the environment, I myself have taken steps to reduce my own plastic waste. I have discovered some ways to reuse plastic cups instead of throwing them away after just one use. For instance, some coffee shops allow reusable cups, so I often bring my clean usable cup to get coffee. Additionally, I have reused plastic cups as a multi-functional tool by using them as watering cans for my plants, pencil holders, and small containers for storing miscellaneous items.
By doing that, I am not only reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfills and oceans but also conserve resources that would otherwise be used to make new cups.