Dunkin' Donuts is one of the major coffee retailers in the United States, but despite their pledge to “recognize that everything [they] do has an impact on the environment", they continue to use disposable polystyrene foam cups (AKA Styrofoam) for their hot coffee. Polystyrene foam is extremely hard to recycle, takes hundreds of years to break down, and is known to leech toxins into foods when heated. That seems like a great container for hot coffee, right?
So, what about the people who know the dangers, and simply don’t like wasting disposable cups? Well, Dunkin’ Donuts does claim to be "committed to adopting better, more sustainable approaches whenever possible.” But guess what? They don’t even have a chain wide discount if you bring your own cup. They do not even support their customers choosing to make a positive change. I mean, seriously, everybody from local independent coffee shops to Starbucks offers some kind of reuse discount for bringing in reusable mugs, yet Dunkin' Donuts does not.
Why are we still allowing this to continue?
Please join me in asking Dunkin' Donuts to make these two changes ASAP:
1. Institute a chain-wide discount to customers who choose to bring in their own reusable cups.
2. Eliminate the use of disposable foam cups for your hot beverages and choose a biodegradable alternative.
Personally, I was a longtime DD fanatic, but I stopped supporting the store in 2008. While I don’t expect all of you to completely boycott them as I have, I hope you’ll all make this one small step.