Dunkin’ Donuts aims to ditch foam cups for paper cups by 2020
Dunkin’ Donuts is finally ditching plastic foam cups for an environment-friendly option. The world famous coffee chain plans to eliminate foam cups in its global supply chain beginning Spring 2018. By 2020, the chain plans to completely switch to paper cups.
It has been a long time coming, and goes to show that big changes can’t just happen over night – in fact, it took seven years in this case. In 2011, the chain announced that its number one sustainability goal was to find an environmentally friendly coffee cup. Since then they have been working on creating a replacement that “met criteria for performance, environmental impact and cost.”
Dunkin’ Donuts’ transition to paper cups will remove nearly 1 billion foam cups from the waste stream annually. The new cup is made with paperboard certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard.