Global donut company and coffeehouse Dunkin’ Donuts will eliminate all foam cups in its global supply chain beginning in spring 2018. In the U.S., it will replace the foam cup with a new, double-walled paper cup.
Dunkin’ Donuts, a leading retailer of hot, brewed coffee, announced last week that it will eliminate all foam cups in its global supply chain by 2020. It will instead use a new double-walled paper cup in its U.S. restaurants. The majority of its international markets are already using paper cups.
The new, double-walled paper cup is made with paperboard certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard. It has the same heat retention properties as the company’s foam cup, allowing it to keep beverages hot while keeping hands cool, without the need for a sleeve. The new cup will come in four sizes and be used for all the brand’s hot beverages, including coffee drinks, tea and hot chocolate.
“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 at the Dunkin’ Brand.
“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.”
Dunkin’ Donuts announced in 2011 that its number one sustainability goal was to find an environmentally friendlier coffee cup. The company expects the transition to paper cups will remove nearly 1 billion foam cups from the waste stream annually.
Famous for its signature donuts and other baked goods, Dunkin’ Donuts has made several packaging improvements in the U.S. since 2005, including the use of napkins and bagel bags made with 100 per cent recycle paper. In 2016 it issued a new policy to have 80 per cent of its fibre-based consumer-facing packaging certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard by the end of 2018.
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