Sustainability - Dunkin' Donuts Transitioning From Foam To Paper Cups

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Sustainability - Dunkin' Donuts Transitioning From Foam To Paper Cups

Sustainability - Dunkin' Donuts Transitioning From Foam To Paper Cups

Dunkin' Donuts has made several packaging improvements in its U.S. stores over the last dozen or so years, including transitioning to 100% recycled paper napkins and bagel bags, using recycled newsprint in four-cup carriers and more.  Now the company intends to make the transition from foam cups to paper cups throughout its U.S. and international operations by 2020, although the process has already begun.  

 
According to news reports fully transitioning to paper cups will result in one billion fewer foam cups ending up in the waste stream.  Currently, many U.S. stores are using polystyrene foam cups which the company plans to begin eliminating this spring by replacing them with a double-walled paper cup.  In international markets paper cups are already in use in most stores, however Dunkin' intends to work with U.S. franchisees and remaining international markets to ensure that all foam cups are replaced by paper by 2020.  
 
The new double-walled paper cup will be available in four sizes and feature the company's current reclosable lid.  The double-walled paper is capable of keeping beverages including lattes, hot chocolate, tea, coffee and other hot beverages sold at Dunkin' Donuts hot while remaining cool to the touch.  Reports indicate the paperboard used to make the paper cup is certified to the SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) Standard.  The company will realize its number one sustainability goal announced in 2011, which was to find a coffee cup that is environmentally friendly.  
 
In the U.S. alone there are more than 9,000 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants according to Dunkin' Brands Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer Karen Raskopf, who said the decision to eliminate foam cups is significant both for the restaurant's brand and the industry.  Raskopf said the company has a responsibility to transition away from foam and make packaging better for the planet while meeting the expectations and needs of customers.  
 
Sustainability and renewable resources are factors becoming more important in packaging than ever before to consumers, manufacturers and environmental groups.  Congratulations to Dunkin' Donuts for past and present contributions to a healthier planet!
 
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