A new double-walled paper cup and recyclable lid will be introduced in place of the former foam cup.

By Kelly Vaughan
August 01, 2019
Credit: Dunkin' Donuts

Your morning cup of Joe is about to get more environmentally-friendly. Dunkin' Donuts announced this week that their goal to completely eliminate their polystyrene foam cups by mid-2020 remains on track. In place of their classic foam cup, Dunkin' will serve hot beverages in double-walled paper cups, which will be recyclable in many cities. Dunkin' first announced the move in February 2018 and has already introduced the cups in Massachusetts, California, and New York City.

"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. We have a responsibility to improve our packaging, making it better for the planet while still meeting the needs of our guests," said Karen Raskopf, Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer of Dunkin', in a statement last year.

The brand expects that the transition will eliminate nearly one billion foam cups from ending up in landfills annually. In addition to the new double-walled paper cups, Dunkin' is also testing a new hot coffee cup lid made from #5 polypropylene after customers complained about the original design. The lid will be able to be recycled in cities and towns that have #5 recycling services.

Since 2011, the company has been perfect a new model of sustainable coffee cups that met the same performance standards as their original foam cup. Dunkin' Brands other sustainability efforts include opening a total of 500 energy-efficient (otherwise known as DD Green Achievement) restaurants by the end of 2020 and aim to eliminate 20% of their energy production by 2025. Dunkin' Donuts also has partnerships with World Coffee Research (WCR), Sustainable Coffee Challenge, and Rainforest Alliance Certified farms.


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