Growing up on the South Shore of Massachusetts, I went to Dunkinâ€™ Donuts all of the time. It was an institution. I loved their coffee so much, that in November 2006, I was featured in their â€œCoffee Chat Newsâ€ newsletter for a story that I wrote (see below). But over time, I began seeing the dangers of their polystyrene foam cups and the waste that they created. I also got extremely discouraged when, unlike so many other coffee shops, Dunkin’ Donuts did not offer a discount if I brought my own mug in. So, in 2008, I stopped supporting the brand and I have not purchased one cup of coffee from a Dunkinâ€™ Donuts since then. If theyâ€™re not going to support me or my planet, why am I am going to support them?
To further encourage Dunkinâ€™ Donuts to make some positive change, I created an online petition. They truly should be honoring their own pledge to â€œrecognize that everything [they] do has an impact on the environment” and commit “to adopting better, more sustainable approaches whenever possible.â€ Yes, those are Dunkinâ€™ Donutsâ€™ own words, directly from their website.
Please join me in telling Dunkinâ€™ Donuts that youâ€™re done drinking your coffee out of toxic containers and that when you bring your travel mug in, you want a discount.
Here is the story that I wrote for the Dunkin’ Donuts “My Best Cup” series in 2006. I ended up winning a bunch of prizes, including a reusable stainless steel thermos, that I didn’t get a discount on if I filled!
I sell merchandise for a touring rock band from Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, finding a Dunkin’ Donuts in Pittsburgh these days is like finding a golden ticket in a Wonka Bar. Well, whenever we have concerts in New England or the Tri-State area, I am always sure to recruit someone to bring me a coffee from the nearest DD. As the merchandiser, I am stuck at the show for almost the whole day, so I can’t just go get it myself. And when that person walks up to the table with my travel mug full of that famous Dunkin’ blend, I clear the line and make sure to enjoy a nice big sip of the nectar of the caffeine gods..