Dunkin' Donuts: Stop Using Styrofoam Cups
  • Petitioning Paul Carbone

This petition will be delivered to:

Paul Carbone
Director of PR
Michelle King
Nigel Travis
Global Marketing
John Costello
Investor Relations
Stacey Caravella
Paul Twohig (COO)
Divisional President
Giorgio Minardi (Divisional President)

Dunkin' Donuts: Stop Using Styrofoam Cups

    1. Park School Kids (and adviser Mr. Wells) !
    2. Petition by

      Park School Kids (and adviser Mr. Wells) !

      Brookline, MA

We fourth and fifth graders know for sure that Dunkin’ Donuts is a great place! We love having a Munchkin snack and a hot cocoa after school. However, we are concerned about the Styrofoam cups they use. They sell more than 1.7 billion coffees a year, and most of them come in Styrofoam. We have come to a conclusion, these cups are really affecting our lives, your life, and everything you care about. We're going to prove to you that Dunkin’ Donuts has to stop using Styrofoam or else there will be big consequences. Dunkin' Donuts should stop using it because, first of all, it’s bad for the environment. Secondly, it’s bad for animals. And lastly, because it causes human health issues. So, if you work at Dunkin’ Donuts, or if you are connected to Dunkin’ Donuts, please stop using Styrofoam cups by Earth Day, April 22, 2015.

First of all, these cups are bad for the environment. There is a chemical used in making styrofoam called hydrofluorocarbons that can trap up to 1,000 times more heat than CO2. And if there are too many hydrofluorocarbons in the sky, global warming will be a bigger problem. It also takes up 25% of landfill space! Styrofoam is really bad for the environment.

Styrofoam is bad for the environment, so it is also bad for animals. It takes 500 years to break down, and in those 500 years, some animals will eat it. When animals eat Styrofoam, it prevents digestion causing starvation, leading to death. Another reason that styrofoam is bad for animals, is that there is a giant blob in the Pacific Ocean called The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It is made out of garbage that people littered or got carried away by currents. Researchers estimate that it is about the size of Texas. There is a lot of Styrofoam in The Garbage Patch that animals eat by mistake.

Styrofoam is bad for the environment, it’s bad for animals, but it also causes human health issues. 90,000 workers making it could be harmed. The effects are usually irritated skin, eyes, stomach effects, and common cold. If a worker is constantly having contact with Styrofoam, it can cause hopelessness, headaches, sleepiness, weakness, or effects on the kidney. Another shocking reason is that, drinks held in Styrofoam cups soak up a bit of something from the Styrofoam. Scientists found this out by weighing a brand new cup, then weighing the same cup after someone drank out of it. The cup was lighter!

Dunkin' Donuts' website says they are committed to our planet, “We recognize that everything we do has an impact on the environment. From the materials we use, to the way we construct and operate our stores, we are committed to adopting better, more sustainable approaches whenever possible.” We admire this commitment, but believe it is time for Dunkin Donuts to do their part towards saving the world.

There are so many reasons why Dunkin’ Donuts should not use Styrofoam. It’s bad for the environment, it's bad for animals, and it causes human health issues. What this whole thing is about is if you guys would rather have a hotter coffee and save a few minutes, you'd have to be willing to risk your environment and your best friend and your family. If you would, that’s too bad, but think about it. Please help us ask Dunkin' Donuts to switch to more Earth friendly cups by Earth Day, April 22, 2015.


Watch Our Videos:

https://vimeo.com/97999830 - Cups - NEW!

http://vimeo.com/93904213 - OneRepublic

http://vimeo.com/93897764 - Frozen

https://vimeo.com/96866909 - Happy

https://vimeo.com/97451534 - All of Me


*Thanks to Paul Kalinka in Michigan for letting us join our petitions!

Paul Carbone, CFO
Michelle King, Director of PR
Nigel Travis, CEO
John Costello, Global Marketing
Stacey Caravella, Investor Relations
Paul Twohig (COO), COO
Giorgio Minardi (Divisional President), Divisional President
I support these 4th and 5th graders. Styrofoam is bad for the environment, animals, and humans. Dunkin' Donuts should switch to greener cups as McDonalds and Starbucks have done. Styrofoam is a thing of the past.

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 150,000 signatures
    2. Media links

      Park School kids want clean alternative to Styrofoam cups - The Boston Globe

      Students at the Park School in Brookline love their Dunkin' Donuts. They're less enamored of the cups Dunkin' uses for its hot beverages. Members of the school's Styrofoam Club delivered a petition with more than 230,000 electronic signatures on a flash drive Friday morning to executives at the company's headquarters in Canton, calling on Dunkin' to stop using disposable polystyrene foam, commonly (and incorrectly) referred to as Styrofoam, and switch to more environmentally friendly alternatives.

    3. Almost forgot!

      And also special thanks to Yahoo News.

    4. Victory is ours! Well, almost

      Today we had our meeting with Dunkin' Donuts at their HQ in Canton, MA.

      First, we had a tour around the building, and then we got down to business.
      We were happy: Dunkin' Donuts said that they would change their cups, and were moving forward.

      We were not so happy: The time that the new cups were to come out was not in our time frame, and a little vague.

      Was our meeting a success? That's up to you. We will keep trying, but for now, we will watch and see what happens. More on this as it develops, and check in for more news. Speaking of news, special thanks to the Boston Globe, and WBZ who covered this meeting.

      Also thanks to all of you who signed, and Dunkin' Donuts for accepting this meeting, and we hope to move forward on their cups.

      On behalf of the Anti Styrofoam Club

      Kaori and Sami

    5. 1/4 million signatures; Dunkin' Donuts meeting!

      We have now passed one quarter million signatures! Special thanks to change.org and everyone who signed. Great news! We have our meeting with Dunkin' Donuts tomorrow morning at their HQ in Canton, MA. We will hopefully appear in the media. More on the result of this meeting as it develops,

      On behalf of The Anti-Styrofoam Club
      Kaori and Sami

      PS - The meeting hasn't happened yet, but we are in some on-line stories!



    6. Reached 100,000 signatures
    7. Turtles

      We went to a beach today famous for it's wild turtle. One was spotted while we were there, but all the people scared it away. Aren't you glad that you are helping that turtle to have a home out in the ocean to return to?
      Check in for more news, and tell your friends, family, and anyone you know. We can make this work.
      On behalf of the Anti-Styrofoam club,
      Kaori and Sami

    8. THANK YOU

      Thanks again to all of you who signed. Every signature counts. We really appreciate that you take us seriously, even though we are 10 and eleven year olds. We are so close to getting 200,000 signatures, and we are doing all we can to get there. And it is all because of you. So thank you.

      On behalf of the Anti-Styrofoam club,
      Kaori and Sami

    9. We can change too

      I am currently in Hawaii and on the island of Oahu, they are trying to ban styrofoam, as seen on the news. If an entire island can do it, we can too!

      Washington DC voted two weeks ago to ban styrofoam by 2016 joining San Fransisco, Seattle, and dozens of smaller towns and cities like Brookline and Somerville, MA.


      D.C. Council votes to ban plastic-foam food containers

      District lawmakers quietly voted Tuesday to ban the use of plastic-foam food and drink containers, still common in city cafes and carryouts, by 2016. The vote puts the District in the company of Seattle and San Francisco, among other cities that have banned foam containers for environmental reasons.

    10. Reached 50,000 signatures
    11. We got a meeting!

      Carrie from Dunkin' Donuts said today that 5 or 6 of us are invited to Dunkin' Donuts headquarters in Canton on July 18th to talk to Christine Riley Miller, their Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Scott Murphy, their Head of Supply Chain and a few others. We also get a tour. Amazing! Thanks Dunkin' for setting this up and being open to our thoughts about your cups!

    12. Reached 40,000 signatures
    13. "Cups" - We have a new video!

      Cups...Change Them, Dunkin' Donuts!

      Two fourth graders re-wrote the Anna Kendrick song "Cups" as part of their recess Styrofoam Club's petition project asking Dunkin' Donuts to change from foam to paper cups by Earth Day, April 22nd, 2015. Thanks to Will Kelly for filming! Sign their petition at www.parkcares.com. Thanks!

    14. Reached 30,000 signatures
    15. Thank You

      Thank you guys, and everyone who signed. We couldn't have done this without you! Thank you.

      On behalf of
      The Park School Anti-Styrofoam organization

      Kaori and Sami

    16. Some suggestions for replacing styrofoam

      We think paper might be the easiest replacement, however, we have some other suggestions. Such as;
      A potato based cup
      A doubled walled paper
      or a rice based cup.

    17. Reached 25,000 signatures
    18. Calling Dunkin' Donuts

      Sami, Kaori, and Rebecca just called Dunkin' Donuts headquarters two minutes ago during recess to arrange a meeting. A representtitive named Kaleigh nicely told them, "That's not something we can accommodate...I can take down your feedback and document your concerns, but unfortunately we can't schedule a Skype meeting. I do apologize." She was very good a polietly telling them "No."

      They hope to prove Kaleigh wrong. They hope to have this meeting! So we'll keep trying! The kids have other ideas...

    19. Reached 20,000 signatures
    20. Plastic Problems in the Sea - An infographic

      Today a student, Hannah, brought in the following infographic to share for her "Graph Guru" job in Class Meeting. She focused her share on "92.5% of dead sea birds in a study had ingested in amounts equal to 5% of their body weight." We haven't studied percents yet, but just finished up with fractions. "5/100 ths of your body weight being plastic bits is not a good thing!"

      Click here for the data and more: http://www.oneworldoneocean.com/images/blog/OWOO_PlasticsInfographic_2012_b.jpg

    21. Reached 4,000 signatures
    22. Calling kid video makers!

      Different classes at our school are now making videos. Ms. Lindstrom's kids made this one: https://vimeo.com/96866909 and have another on the way.

      If any other kids or classes or camps anywhere want to join our cause, send us a video and we'll post it at the bottom of our petition. Send your video link to our advisor Mr. Wells at wellst@parkchool.org .

      Happy...If We Can Make a Change

      Two creative, caring girls from Ms. Lindstorm's class wrote and performed this version of Happy. Make them happy and sign their petition at ParkCares.com!! Thanks.

    23. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Amilynn Sodemann MIDDLE GROVE, NY
      • 11 minutes ago

      I have a child- our planet needs to be protected!!

    • Sandy Conev MOUNT AIRY, MD
      • about 6 hours ago

      Because it cannot be recycled. I have looked for places who recycle Styrofoam and if it's a food item they won't accept it, only packaging Styrofoam.

    • Linda Jing CAMBRIDGE, MA
      • about 13 hours ago

      Styrofoam do not biodegrade easily and is extremely harmful for our environment. Making this simple change in a coffee shop can make a huge difference in the sustainability of our environment.

    • randi andersen MERRICK, NY
      • 1 day ago

      Save the environment!

    • matthew schoffel MATAWAN, NJ
      • 1 day ago

      environmental problem for now and future generations


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