Tuesday 12 May 2020

Dunkin’ says goodbye to foam with global transition to paper cups

Dunkin’ says goodbye to foam with global transition to paper cups

Dunkin’ has announced a 100% global transition from polystyrene foam cups to paper cups in its coffeehouses and restaurants.

In the company's US restaurants, the foam cups have been replaced by double-walled paper cups, which by the end of the summer, will come with recyclable hot coffee cup lids as well.

It says the transition to paper cups will remove approximately one billion foam cups from the waste stream annually - combined with the change to recyclable coffee cup lids, this will remove a collective 8,618 tonnes of polystyrene from the waste stream annually.

The multinational coffeehouse and doughnut company has also set a goal of opening its 1,000th sustainable restaurant by the end of 2025 - these buildings are built with sustainable and efficient elements including LED lighting, high-efficiency mechanical equipment and low-flow taps, and are able to save approximately 33% of energy use, on average, when compared to conventional Dunkin’ locations.

Scott Murphy, President, Dunkin' Americas, said: "Even in challenging times like these, sustainability remains a key priority for Dunkin'. We are proud of our accomplishments, but recognize that making a meaningful difference requires commitment and continuous improvement.

"We will build on our momentum and do our part to take care of the world around us because it matters to us, our franchisees, our guests, and our communities.”

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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