Dunkin’ Donuts has announced its plan to discontinue use of polystyrene foam cups in all of its locations worldwide within two years.
The company released a statement Wednesday explaining that “a new, double-walled paper cup,” already in use in many international markets, will replace existing foam cups.
According to the announcement, the decision arose as part of “earlier commitments in the U.S. to have 80% of fiber-based consumer-facing packaging certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard by the end of this year; eliminate artificial dyes from its menu; build new, more energy-efficient restaurants; and partner with the Rainforest Alliance to source certified coffee.”
As Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer Karen Raskopf said, the move has the potential to make a noticeable impact.
“With more than 9,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the U.S. alone, our decision to eliminate foam cups is significant for both our brand and our industry,” she said. “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.”
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