News : Sustainable Servings: Local establishments shun foam

Mar 31, 2011

By: Jim Cavan

Taste Magazine

Living in New England, it's hard to drive more than a few miles without seeing the declaration "America Runs on Dunkin'" on an orange-and-pink sign. And chances are a lot of us heed that message. 

Since its founding in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts has become one of America's most popular fast food establishments, and one of its most recognizable brands. And while donuts are the namesake, the eatery is also known for its coffee, serving close to 3 million cups a day. That's close to a billion annually, and more than 30 per second nationwide.

Given these statistics, it's clear that America may indeed run on Dunkin'. But what does Dunkin' run on? More than anything, it's expanded polystyrene foam, those white cups many people call "Styrofoam" (see sidebar). Add in coffee to go served from fast food chains like McDonalds, Tim Hortons, Krispy Kreme, and every other donut maker, and that's a lot of coffee, and a lot of foam cups. To continue reading, click here and turn to page 98!