How can you tell if paper is laminated or likely laminated?
- It often has a reflective sheen or glossy surface
- It is hard to tear without a lot of effort
- Drops of water bead on the laminated side
- The paper is meant for containing liquid (eg coffee cup)
Think your disposable coffee cup is all paper? Think again. Here's a photo of a coffee cup that has been in a compost bin for 1 year. Worms have eaten all the paper leaving the plastic layer behind.