Whenever the Ions crew heads south of the border for a news story, a live event or a trade show, we always stop at Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s one of our guilty pleasures – but still not as good as Canadian institution Tim Hortons. However, we lately have been opting to forgo the better-tasting and cheaper-than-starbucks coffee due to our long-standing anti-styrofoam cup position.
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While hardly scientific, I often regard styrofoam cups as being worse for the environment as a whole than, say, paper cups.
Turns out, I’m not alone in my polystyrene-based scorn. There’s so much disdain for the cups that the chain is finally moving to make a materials change. According to the Boston Globe, the company announced in a press release that they will:
The Boston Globereports that the company announced in a press release Wednesday that it
“begin the process of getting rid of all of the polystyrene cups starting this spring and will replace them with a ‘double-walled’ paper cup in its U.S. restaurants.”
The push for double-walled cups is meant to protect customers dainty hands from the horror of Hot Coffee. Fear not, DD’s iconic re-closable coffee lid will still stick around.
In a tweet, Dunkin’ Donuts calls the change “more sustainable” and the official press release notes that the move will eliminate a billion styrofoam cups from the garbage dump. New York City and California locations will be the first to see the new cups, with a phased-in roll out hitting the rest of the country shortly after. The company is, apparently, on something of a self betterment kick: the company also recently announced it would begin eliminating artifical dyes from all it’s drinks and frostings.
More sustainable, while still keeping your beverages hot and your hands cool. By mid-2020, all DD US restaurants will be serving hot coffee in our new double-walled paper cup. Learn more: https://t.co/etBFcTZfL5 pic.twitter.com/nqb2chJfBL
— Dunkin’ Donuts (@dunkindonuts) February 7, 2018
Taking a quick, informal Twitter survey, it seems most Dunkin’ drinkers are on board with this latest change, which does seem a bit overdue. The only group concerned with the move appears to be the iced-coffee drinkers, whom are used to putting plastic cups into polystyrene ones so they can walk around without cold hands. A solution to that problem has yet to be worked out, although, sleeves work well.