The complete elimination of polystyrene cups was announced by the chain in early 2018, with a pledge to stop using them by 2020. At that time, the company had already started introducing double-walled paper cups, particularly in international stores. The transition is expected to be completed by April 2020, per CNN, which reports that the new cups have been certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard.
However, this is just a baby step in the right direction environmentally. The new double-walled cups are lined with plastic on the inside to keep coffee warm and hands from being burned. The report says the "cups are mostly, but not totally recyclable." Dunkin' will leave how much of the cup can be recycled to the discretion of local and state recycling programs.
It won't be a quiet transition. Dunkin' employees will be wearing pins, and there will ad campaigns around the change because some people aren't happy about losing that familiar styrofoam cup. The company wants to ease the transition for those creatures of habit that are unhappy about the cup going the way of the dodo.
"We do expect this change to be hard for some," Dunkin' spokesperson Kelly Katapodis told Boston.com. Change is never easy. Our thoughts are with Dunkin' addicts at this difficult time.