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Dunkin’ Donuts Save the Earth, Replaces StyroFoam Cups with Recyclable Cups

Sep 18, 2014 12:29 AM EDT | By Eunice Tagalog
Dunkin' Donuts, donuts, coffee cup, Styrofoam cup, foam cup, corporate social responsibility
Dunkin' Donuts Cold and Hot Coffee
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Dunkin' Donuts will remove its signature foam cups for recyclable cups.

Dunkin' Brands, the parent company of the donut giant, announced that Dunkin' Donuts have started to distribute propylene hot-coffee cups in different locations in New York, Vermont, Massachussetts and California.

The move is part of Dunkin' Donuts commitment to find an alternative to foam cups within two to three years, as stated in its corporate responsibility report back in 2012.

"Consumers want a more environmentally friendly product, but don't want to sacrifice the performance of the current foam cup," stated by Scott Murphy, chief supply chain officer at Dunkin' Brands Group Inc.

The company has tested out double-walled paper cups in Dunkin' Donuts stores in Massachusetts following a moratorium on polystyrene food containers in the state last year.

Other food chains have stepped into the environment-friendly bandwagon with their packaging.

Starbucks Corp. has been advocating recycling in its U.S. stores and began selling $1 reusable cups as well. Mcdonald's Corp. began using paper cups to serve their hot drinks.

According to the Murphy, Polypropylene cups are sturdy, does not need a sleeve to keep customers from getting burned, and can be recycled. Although they are reportedly costly than foam, which is relatively cheap to produce.

The company has been studying and putting efforts to help save the environment.

"We've been working on this for five years. It's an interesting problem" Murphy said.

Dunkin' Brands has over 17,400 points of distribution in 55 countries. It has 7,306 U.S. based stores and 3,173 stores outside the U.S.

Dunkin' Brands Group Inc., owner of both Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop and Dunkin' Donuts, expects an increase of 2.25 percent in the third quarter U.S. same-store sales for the Dunkin' Donuts.

Currently the shares of Dunkin' Donuts went down 1.2 percent to $46.78 in New York Sept. 18.

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