Woohoo! Dunkin’ Donuts has finally joined the efforts to tackle the problem of pollution. The chain, one of the leading coffee retailers in the U.S., is eliminating polystyrene foam cups and replacing them with environmentally-friendly alternatives. This move will begin in spring of 2018 and aims to completely phase out the foam cup worldwide by 2020.

The company also pointed out in a press release that the majority of its international markets are already using paper cups and the brand will work with its franchisees to eliminate foam cups from the remaining international markets within two years.


The new plastic-free alternative to the foam cup is made with paperboard certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard. The company predicts that the transition to paper cups will remove almost one billion foam cups from the waste stream every year! 

“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 Dunkin’ Brands. “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.”

Dunkin’ Donuts first pledged to find an environmentally-friendly coffee cup in 2011 so this step has been a LONG time coming!

This move will help keep harmful styrene out of waterways and provide a better alternative for consumers and the planet alike!


Inspired by Dunkin’s move to eliminate styrofoam? Find out how you can help by making conscious choices regarding your own plastic usage with One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign!

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