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Petitioning Dunkin Donuts and 3 others

I want a discount if I bring my own cup. Also: Styrofoam Cups? Seriously?

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.

Letter to
Dunkin Donuts
Chief Executive Officer, Dunkin' Brands and President, Dunkin' Donuts Nigel Travis
Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Paul Twohig
and 1 other
Chief Development Officer John Dawson
We, the undersigned, are asking Dunkin Donuts to live by your own words and “recognize that everything [you] do has an impact on the environment” and truly commit “to adopting better, more sustainable approaches whenever possible.” (http://www.dunkinbrands.com/Responsibility/)

For years, you have been serving hot coffee in polystyrene foam cups and saying that they are safe for the consumer, help reduce possible added waste and are recyclable. While the foam cups might be reducing added waste, what you are failing to mention is that most recycling centers do not recycle foam, foam takes hundreds of years to break down and is known to leech toxins into foods when heated.

In addition, you have not been rewarding your customers who choose to make a positive change of their own, by bringing in reusable cups.

As a leading coffee retailer, we would like to see Dunkin Donuts make the following changes:
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.

Please follow the lead of so many in your industry and simply do the right thing for people and planet.

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Sincerely,