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

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Dunkin Donuts
Director of Public Relations - Dunkin Donuts
Michelle King
Dunkin Donuts
Nigel Travis
Dunkin Donuts
Paul Carbone
Dunkin Donuts
Jack Clare
Dunkin Donuts
John Costello
Dunkin Donuts
John Dawson
Dunkin Donuts
Richard Emmett
Dunkin Donuts
Paul Twohig
Dunkin Donuts
Bill Mitchell
Dunkin Donuts
Giorgio Minardi (Dunkin Donuts)
Dunkin Donuts
McCall Gosselin (Dunkin Donuts)
Dunkin Donuts
Neil Moses (Dunkin Donuts)
Dunkin Donuts
Customer Service (Dunkin Donuts)

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

    1. Paul Kalinka
    2. Petition by

      Paul Kalinka

      Plymouth, MI

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.

Recent signatures


    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

    • Lisa Aurecchia PROVIDENCE, RI
      • about 2 hours ago

      Dunkin Donuts is a huge supporter of our environmental organization- who has literally donated thousands of donuts, muchkins and coffees to folks in the Woonasquatucket River Watershed. Sadly during our river clean ups there is not a clean up that we have ever done where we won't find a old Dunkin' Donuts cup stuck in the brush along the river bank or floating in the river! "America does run on Dunkin" and we know and urge you to do better than this!

    • Daniel Reddin WOODBURY, NJ
      • 5 days ago

      Styrofoam is the devil, Dunkin Donuts should know better

    • Julia Diaz SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • 7 days ago

      Styrofoam is a WASTEEEEEE.

    • kenneth warmke PORTLAND, OR
      • 10 days ago

      because we have come to far to use Styrofoam when biodegradable materials are available/ better for the environment

      #because there is only on earth

    • Jillian Loring WORCESTER, MA
      • 15 days ago

      Styrofoam is the worst material you can use. I love dunks, but hate that winter is coming and we're about to fill so much land with material that will NEVER break down.


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