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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