Double-walled paper cups will be introduced this spring.
In a move to make their company eco-friendlier, Dunkin’ Donuts announced plans today to eliminate all polystyrene foam cups from their restaurants around the world by 2020.
If you’re in New York City or California, you’ll notice these changes much earlier. Starting this spring, Dunkin’ Donuts in those two locations will replace start replacing the foam cups with new double-walled paper cups made from paperboard certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard. They will start popping up at other U.S. locations throughout the year as their supplier manufactures them.
Before you freak out over the changes, you’ll be relieved to hear that while Dunkin’ Donuts foam cups are soon to be a thing of the past, the re-closable lid that comes with the Styrofoam cups—and are far superior to the deli-style lids on the current small paper cups at DD—aren’t going anywhere.
Dunkin’ Donuts promises that the heat retention properties of the new double-walled paper cup will be equal to the foam cups you’re used to and will not require a paper sleeve to keep your hands from burning.
“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,” Karen Raskopf, Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer of Dunkin’ Donuts, said 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.”
This transition from foam to paper cups will remove almost one billion foam cups from going into landfills every year, the brand said.