Why the Dunkin' Donuts Holiday Cup Is Actually Worse Than Starbucks

This week, Starbucks came under fire for what many of the same type of person believe to be a "War on Christmas." The biggest name in coffee took a sip out of Scrooge’s thirst cup and ripped the Christmas themed doodles from their iconic red holiday cup.

By a strange feat of coincidence, the second biggest name in coffee pulled a Beyoncé and dropped a digital copy of their holiday cup over night, you know… just to stir the pot.


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The Dunkin' Donuts cup is decked out in festive, holiday spirit—a far cry from what some saw as Starbuck's' Grinchian red cup.

If Starbucks is making headlines for a seasonal cup faux-pax, how is Dunkin' Donuts STILL getting away with environmentally destructive year-round Styrofoam cups?

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In fact, putting holiday decorations on a cup is like putting lipstick on a pig—a pig that does not biodegrade.

The battle of competing environmental detriments of polystyrene (Styrofoam) vs. paper has been endlessly debated. And though both one-time-use options have been proven to be pretty bad all around, here are a few good reasons to kick our polystyrene habit.

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  1. As reported by the Boston Globe, it can take over 1,000,000 years for a polystyrene foam product (aka a DD cup) to properly decompose in a landfill. Paper cups take 20 years.
  2. Byproducts from the production of polystyrene are believed to be hazardous to global warming
  3. It's estimated that about 25 billion polystyrene coffee cups a year pile up in U.S. landfills, BBC reported.
  4. Polystyrene pollutes oceans, harming sea life, and later on, potentially humans who consume the plastic-eating fish.
  5. Many cities have placed bans on polystyrene containers including Portland, OR., San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis. In September, a judge in New York City overturned a ban that began last January, the Guardian reported.

The good news is that you can still be a festive Frannie AND a friend of the environment. Bring in your own cup. You can literally put anything you want on it. It's amazing.

Additional reporting by Alex Mierjeski.