Polysterene foam cups are one of the worst things for our environment due to the speed that they decompose at. Styrofoam is commonly used in disposable products that are only used once and these products can last in the environment for a million years due to polystyrene not being biodegradable.
Even worse, styrofoam breaks down into small pieces, allowing animals to more easily ingest it and causing poisoning or clogging their digestive systems. Styrofoams and other plastics currently make up about 30 percent of the landfill volume in the United States.
Too many businesses still use styrofoam including Dunkin’ Donuts. But soon, that will be history as they have announced they will be removing what company the company estimates to be a billion of styrofoam cups a year.
This decision is a huge win in diminishing the amount of styrofoam waste every year. The polystyrene foam cups will be completely phased out from its stores globally by 2020.
The Canton, Massachusetts based company joins other chain restaurants such as McDonald’s, to help reduce its footprint. Last month, Mcdonald’s announced that it would use only recycled or other environmentally friendly materials for its cups, Happy Meal boxes and other packaging by 2025.
Unfortunately, the time lines are drawn out a bit for the complete removal, but the good news is that major corporations are starting to get on board in being environmentally friendly. The decision set forth by Dunkin’ Donuts and McDonald’s should help pressure other companies to do the same.