Dunkin Donuts: Stop using styrofoam cups and switch to a more eco-friendly solution.
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Dunkin Donuts: Stop using styrofoam cups and switch to a more eco-friendly solution.

    1. Paul Kalinka
    2. Petition by

      Paul Kalinka

      Plymouth, United States

Dunkin' Donuts is the worlds leader in baked goods and coffee. They also bill themselves as America's favorite brand of coffee. Both of these statements may indeed be true, but they are not the environment's favorite brand of coffee. Dunkin' Donuts still serves their coffee in styrofoam cups. The amount of styrofoam cups used at their stores is shocking.

Believe me; I love the coffee at Dunkin' Donuts. I get my coffee there every day. So maybe we all need a reminder of why the volume of this styrofoam is so bad... Dunkin' Donuts' website cites that American consumption of coffee alone is 488 million cups per year!!! While it takes 100 cups to equal 1 pound, that still works out to 4,880,000 pounds of trash -- trash that is mostly styrofoam! The worst part is that is this only references consumption in the United States. Worldwide, the amount of waste generated is astronomical.

What's worse is what's in that trash. Styrofoam in the environment poses a threat to all of us. At Dunkin' Donuts, we are drinking from a cup made of pollutants and are putting so much of it back into our Earth.

On the Dunkin' Donuts brands website, they state their claim of responsibility to the 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."

According to statements made by Dunkin' Donuts last September (9/16/2011), Dunkin' Donuts would be replacing styrofoam but has not created a timetable.  (See the article here:  http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/boston/12005390958554/dunkin-donuts-says-goodbye-to-styrofoam-cups/)  It is time for them to get styrofoam out of their stores for good.

So please sign the petition if you would also like to see Dunkin' Donuts honor their pledge and ask them to adopt a better, more sustainable approach to serving their delicious coffee.

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    1. USA Today mentioned this article

      Paul Kalinka
      Petition Organizer

      Everyone, USA Today interviewed me this past week and discussed the petition. Their article discusses the issues and challenges that face the change. Let's keep pressing!!! http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/12/ban-polystyrene-foam-containers/1761145/

      Cities ban foam coffee cups and takeout containers

      Dismayed by the litter from foam cups and food containers, more U.S. cities are seeking to ban or restrict their usage. But are the alternatives greener? Story Highlights Critics says foam packaging creates litter and is rarely recycled Polystyrene cups are bagged after being manufactured at the DART Container Corp.

    2. Reached 100,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Sigourney Salusso ORLANDO, FL
      • about 4 hours ago

      I believe in taking care of our Mother Nature. Earth is OUR home and we need to take care of her. Dunkin Donuts is harming her with the Styrofoam cups when they can easily switch to something better for the environment.

    • Susan Turner KANSAS CITY, MO
      • about 5 hours ago

      styrofoam doesnt decompose and takes over the landfills and the production pollutes the air.

    • Kristi Cooper SHUEYVILLE, IA
      • about 8 hours ago

      Styrofoam is a non renewal material, does not break down and contaminates air, water and soil when manufactured as well as when it is discarded. Styrofoam containers were designed to keep contents at the same temperature over a period of time. A cup of coffee is usually consumed within 20 minutes as long as the liquid has a chance to cool enough to drink. The properties of Styrofoam are wasted for this particular use. Save money by choosing a renewable material for serving your customers. Thanks for considering this positive change in your business.

    • Sonya Smith SAN DIEGO, CA
      • about 11 hours ago

      I am an environmentalist. It's great to see kids taking a stand for what they believe in and a teacher willing to support this.

    • Kim Hapgood NEWPORT, RI
      • about 13 hours ago

      DD needs to step it up, and follow through NOW with fulfilling their commitment to ending use of Styrofoam cups which are so harmful to the environment.


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