Dunkin’ Donuts to ditch foam cups for paper by 2020

DUNKIN' DONUTS WILL eliminate the use of foam cups in its stores by 2020. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/RON ANTONELLI
DUNKIN' DONUTS WILL eliminate the use of foam cups in its stores by 2020. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/RON ANTONELLI

CANTON, Mass. – Dunkin’ Donuts will eliminate its use of polystyrene foam cups by 2020, Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. announced Wednesday.

The company will replace the foam cups with double-walled paper cups. The new cups are already in use at Dunkin’ Donuts’ new concept store, which opened in mid-January in the company’s birthplace of Quincy, Mass.

The release also noted the “double-walled paper cup will keep beverages hot while keeping hands cool, without the need for a sleeve,” and will feature the reclosable lid the company currently uses on its foam cups.

The company said the new cup will be made with paperboard certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard.

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“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,” said Karen Raskopf, chief communications and sustainability officer of Dunkin’ Brands, in a statement. “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.”

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.