In an Eco-Friendly Move, Dunkin’ Donuts Will Ditch Foam Cups by 2020
America can keep running on Dunkin’, so long as it’s ready to switch to paper cups. Dunkin’ Donuts (DNKN) announced Wednesday that it’s doing away with its controversial, non-recyclable foam coffee cups, and will instead start using only double-walled paper cups by 2020.
In California and New York, the move is expected to start even sooner, with a rollout this spring. The new paper cups are already in use at a store in the company’s birthplace, Quincy, Massachusetts.
The New England-based fast-food company said in a statement that it’s making the eco-friendly switch “to serve both people and the planet responsibly.”
Dunkin’ Donuts’ foam cups have previously stoked controversy, with environmental activists targeting the cups for being non-recyclable and containing styrene, a potential carcinogen. Some communities even banned the use of Dunkin’s styrofoam cups, which forced the company to start coming up with alternative ways to serve its signature hot coffee — a goal it named as a top priority back in 2000.
Dunkin’ Donuts is the latest in the fast-food industry to adopt more environmentally conscious packing and ditch foam. Starbucks (SBUX) launched reusable cup goals in 2008, while McDonald’s (MCD) last month announced its own no-foam goal with a 2019 global timeline.
Dunkin’ Donuts’ sustainability kick has also featured a shift to Rainforest Alliance-certified coffee beans and a pledge to transition to cage-free eggs by 2025,