Good news for the environment, wildlife, and future generations. By 2020, Dunkin’ Donuts will phase out the use of polystyrene (also known as “styrofoam”) cups in favor of paper alternatives. The change will be implemented in all 12,500 of the pastry restaurant chain’s stores.
The company’s international stores already use double-walled paper coffee cups. Within two years, the remaining Dunkin’ Donut establishments will do the same. As GoodNewsNetwork reports, the move is expected to save over 1 billion foam cups from entering the environment every year.
This isn’t the first time Dunkin’ Donuts has taken progressive action for consumers and the environment. All of the restaurants’ cardboard sleeves, carrying trays, napkins, and bags are made out of recycled papers and other materials. The restaurant chain also serves Fair Trade certified espresso beans in certain stores, and has worked to eliminate artificial dyes and flavors from its menus.
Said Karen Raskopf, the Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer of the company: “We have a responsibility to improve our packaging, making it better for the planet while still meeting the needs of our guests. 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.”
Hopefully, other companies will follow in Dunkin’ Donuts’ footsteps and eliminate polystyrene from their menus entirely. Watch the video below to learn more about the dangers styrofoam poses to people’s health and the environment:
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