Oh, the guilty pleasure of Dunkin Donuts. I rarely stop there. So much sugar, white flour, and then there is the coffee in those darn Styrofoam cups. In my weaker moments, in a state of panicked hunger, I have grabbed a bagel there, more than I’d like to admit!
But seriously, in 2012, Dunky is still using Styrofoam cups?
Styrofoam (from The Sustainable Times) “takes up to 25 to 30% of total landfill area in the United States. The EPA lists Styrofoam as the fifth largest source of hazardous waste, as its a petroleum based plastic.”
Americans throw away 4.5 pounds of trash each day on average. Of that, 68% is sent to the landfill. The amount of Styrofoam sent to the landfill would be cut dramatically if Dunkin Donuts stopped using these cups for coffee in their 10,000 locations in 32 countries worldwide.
Years ago, one of my students wrote a letter to Dunkin Donuts asking them to stop using environmentally damaging Styrofoam cups for their coffee. He did a good bit of research about how long Styrofoam takes to biodegrade. His persuasive essay was very convincing, but of course I was already sold.
That was before the power of the online petition was born. Ah, such sweetness. My former student could have published his letter in an online petition and gathered thousands of signatures in support.
So for him, and for the ridiculousness of the fact that Dunkin Donuts is still using these eco-hog cups, years later, I bring you this petition. We are asking Dunky to finally stop using these damaging cups, and move to a recycled, eco-friendly paper cup instead.
If you have to have your Dunkin Donuts coffee (I get it), grab a reusable mug instead. But for all of those who forget, or don’t have one, please sign.