Yes I know, this story really has nothing to do with consumer technology, deal with it. I’ve been drinking Dunkin’ Donuts coffee for a very long time. As a matter of fact, I have one sitting in front of me now. So when I saw the Dunkin’ Donuts press release stating they would be ousting the foam cup, I had to write about it. The company says they will be purging foam cups from all of their stores by 2020. Currently, many international Dunkin’ Donuts locations already use paper cups and that will be the case for all locations soon.
The move complements Dunkin’ Donuts’ 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.
According to Karen Raskopf, Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer, Dunkin’ Brands, “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. 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.”
I’ve had an issue with the company’s foam cup for years so I am glad they’re making this move. Not only is it better for the environment, the paper design should be better for the customer too. The current foam cups have a propensity for easy damage to the lip around the top. It can easily get damaged during storage, packaging, and restaurant handling. This causes the annoying problem of leaks around the rim. Which eventually end up on your shirt or pants.