By the year 2020, Dunkin’ Donuts is planning to stop using plastic foam cups.
The coffee and donut franchise will begin this endeavor in New York and California this spring.
It’s been years of criticism that the foam cups pose a harmful impact on our environment and the company has been listening.
There have petitions and discussions on social media in the past about the dangers of foam cups. These cups cannot be recycled and even the way they are manufactured can be potentially dangerous. Their main ingredient is styrene which has been named as a possible human carcinogen.
Doing away with the foam cups is just a part of the company’s bigger plan of going green.
“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,” remarked Karen Raskopf, Dunkin’s chief communications and sustainability officer.
McDonald’s also announced in January that it would be doing away with foam cups by the end of 2018.
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