Your Dunkin' Donuts coffee will soon look a little different. At least the cup it comes in will. Dunkin Donuts is getting rid of their foam cups.

The process of eliminating the cups will begin this Spring and all cups should be gone by 2020. They will be replaced with a double-walled paper cup. “We have a responsibility to improve our packaging, making it better for the planet while still meeting the needs of our guests. 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.” says Karen Raskopf, Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer, Dunkin’ Brands.

Transitioning to paper cups will remove nearly 1 billion foam cups from the waste stream annually.

The change is just another move by Dunkin to become more environmentally friendly. Since 2005, a number of important packaging improvements have been made.

2005: Began sourcing a four-cup carrier made of recycled newsprint.
2009: Transitioned to napkins made with 100% recycled paper and added recycled content to espresso sleeves, cup carriers and Box O’ Joe®.
2014: Transitioned to bagel bags made with 100% recycled paper, saving an estimated 20 million pounds of virgin paper per year.
2015: Began transition of the lids for cold beverage cups from PET to recyclable #5 polypropylene, a change that will take 500,000 pounds of material out of the waste stream per year once completed in summer 2018.
2016: Issued a new Sustainable Pulp and Paper Sourcing policy with a goal to source paperboard certified to the SFI Standard for 80% of its consumer-facing fiber-based packaging by the end of 2018.


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