If you're a Dunkin' fan, then you're probably used to getting your hot drinks served to you in their famous white styrofoam to-go cups.

But that's about to change. Dunkin' is ditching the styrofoam cups for a more environmentally friendly option. I actually got a Dunkin' hot coffee this morning and I immediately noticed the different cup I got. Here's the new one I got this morning -

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Credit TSM

So why the change? Today details -

While it's not the styrofoam cup many loyal customers have become accustomed to over the years, the new paper version offers the same heat retention properties, according to the chain. It's made from paperboard certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard, and will come with the same re-closable, plastic lid the brand already offers. Dunkin's new paper cup is still lined with plastic, so it's not actually recyclable, but the lid is made of polypropylene and can be recycled in towns that offer #5 recycling.

Apparently their old cups took a LONG time to decompose -

Typical styrofoam cups take hundreds of years to break down, but before that, some make their way into oceans, where they cause harm to animals. Dunkin' estimates that this change in packaging will remove around 1 billion foam cups from the waste stream annually.

So next time you're at Dunkin', expect a new environmentally friendly cup.

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