Dunkin’ Donuts to eliminate styrofoam cups
As college students in New England, we’re all too familiar with the coffee and pastry chain known as Dunkin’ Donuts. Although iced coffee is a popular choice year-round for getting your caffeine fix, Dunkin’ is making a change that may entice you towards their hot beverage line-up.
By 2020, Dunkin’ Donuts will be gradually eliminating their Styrofoam hot cups and introducing a more eco- friendly paper alternative. This change could prevent over one billion Styrofoam cups from entering the waste stream per year. Between in 9,000 stores in the U.S., and an additional 3,400 around the world, Dunkin’ uses two billion cups per year.
The cups will be made of a double-walled paper that has been certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard and is responsible sourced. The cups are mostly recyclable, depending on waste management services based on state levels. However, the lids are made of polystyrene and are not recyclable; a recyclable lid is currently in development.
Dunkin’ has already begun their Earth-conscious initiative. All paper items distributed by stores, such as napkins, paper bags and cardboard sleeves are entirely made of recycled materials. Their espresso beans have been certified Fair Trade for a number of years and all of the dyes and flavors used in their products are natural.
The Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer for Dunkin’ Donuts, Karen Raskopf, believes that this progressive change is a much- needed push towards helping the planet.
“We have a responsibility to improve our packaging, making it better for the planet while still meeting the needs of our guests,” she said. “Transitioning away from foam has been a critical goal for Dunkin’ Donuts U.S., and with the double-walled cup, we will be able to offer a replacement that meets the needs and expectations of both our customers and the communities we serve.”
Rebecca Galib, a senior, studies English and music. She is the Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Le Provocateur.