Stop Using Styrofoam Cups! Kids Challenge Dunkin' Donuts
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These kids may not be old enough to drink coffee, but they care how it’s served — a group of 4th and 5th graders at the Park School in Brookline, Massachusetts, are begging Dunkin’ Donuts to stop making coffee cups with its signature Styrofoam. Their efforts have caught attention of the donut and coffee mega-chain and on Friday the little activists took part in a meeting with execs at corporate headquarters in nearby Canton, arriving with a Change.org petition boasting nearly 270,000 signatures to get their point across.
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Back in January, a group of Park School kids, some of whom belonged to school green clubs, formed the Kids Styrofoam Club during recess one day and then launched a petition asking the coffee-and-donut giant to eliminate styrofoam cups by Wednesday April 22, 2015 (Earth Day). When they learned that Plymouth, Michigan, IT specialist Paul Kalinka was also petitioning D&D to stop using Styrofoam, the two parties combined their efforts. “We love having a Munchkin snack and a hot cocoa after school,” reads the petition. “However, we are concerned about the Styrofoam cups they use. They sell more than 1.7 billion coffees a year, and most of them come in Styrofoam. We have come to a conclusion, these cups are really affecting our lives, your life, and everything you care about. We’re going to prove to you that Dunkin’ Donuts has to stop using Styrofoam or else there will be big consequences. Dunkin’ Donuts should stop using it because, first of all, it’s bad for the environment. Secondly, it’s bad for animals. And lastly, because it causes human health issues.”
“In May, after hearing about the petition I had launched a year prior, Ted and the kids got in touch called me saying they had 500 signatures and asked if I would want to team up,” Kalinka tells Yahoo Health. “Of course I said yes.” Kalinka launched his petition in 2013 after realizing the impact of his morning cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. “I was amazed how much waste I was creating each day,” he says.
On Friday morning, Ted Wells, a Park School advisor for green clubs, along with seven of the club's nine members presented their petition to Dunkin’ Donuts and held a meeting with executives to discuss discontinuing the use of Styrofoam. “The kids really spearheaded this project, giving up their recess hour and weekends to work on this project — one girl even left summer camp three days early to come to today’s meeting,” Wells tells Yahoo Shine.