When I wake up every morning, the first thing I do is make coffee. This one simple habit has been a part of my routine since my freshman year of high school. Because of my dedication to this lifestyle, I became very close to Dunkin Donuts. Dunkin Donuts is a widely popular coffee chain that we all know and love (everyone has made that Sunday morning drive-thru run at one point at Bucknell). Compared to the more expensive Starbucks, Dunkin has 99 cent coffees and similarly cheap bagels and, yes, donuts. They serve delicious drinks that are affordable for any person: so what could possibly be wrong with them?
Dunkin is famous for its piping hot drinks, so clearly they have to have efficient travel cups to protect the customer from the scalding liquid. The downside, however, is that the cups are 100% non-recyclable. Thousands of these styrofoam cups are served all over the country every day, which means thousands of these cups are being thrown into a landfill where they will sit for years as they slowly break down and leak chemicals into the earth. While Dunkin is aware of this problem, they are not proactive about fixing it. Furthermore, after visiting the Dunkin Donuts website, I learned their responsibility section was severely lacking. They had one brief page outlining a LEED certified Dunkin Donuts location in Florida. For such an economically reasonable company, they are sorely lacking in their environmental responsibility. Compared to Starbucks, a company prided for its environmental responsibility, Dunkin is hard to actively purchase coffee from. To me, as a consumer, I would rather spend the extra money knowing I can recycle the cup it came in, as opposed to the cheaper, longer lasting Dunkin.