No More Styrofoam Cups At Dunkin Donuts

Aug 28, 2013

Dunkin Donuts is replacing its Styrofoam cups in some New England communities with paper cups. But don’t expect those paper cups in the Ocean State any time soon.

Dunkin Donuts is phasing out it's iconic Styrofoam cup as communities begin to ban them.
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Get a drink at Dunkin Donuts, hot or cold, and there’s a chance that a Styrofoam cup is involved. For the uninitiated, a cold drink served in a plastic cup is often placed inside a Styrofoam cup to prevent sweating. So what’s a ubiquitous chain like Dunkin going to do if a community bans Styrofoam?

That’s the case in Freeport, Maine, and soon in Brookline, MA where a ban kicks in December 1st. To accommodate those communities, Dunkin Donuts is using double walled paper cups.

The company says it’s working on a paper cup for all its stores that will be kind to both its bottom line, and the environment. Dunkin Donuts plans to make that cup available in the next two to three years.

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