Starbucks and Caribou Coffee uses them. Dunkin’ Donuts is trying them out. Now heavy hitter McDonald’s is going green with its coffee drinks.
Call it an Earth Day victory.
The mammoth fast food chain is replacing its plastic foam cups for its espressos, mochas and hot chocolates with paper cups at its 14,000 McCafe restaurants that serve the hot drinks, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The company says the switch is to be more environmentally conscious and to cut down on trash costs, according to the Journal.
McDonald’s has been using paper cups, double-walled for insulation, at 2,000 restaurants on the West Coast since 2012. Now it’s expanding the practice to the Midwest and parts of the East Coast, the Journal said.
I’m partial to McDonald’s caramel mochas myself. So far, I haven’t encountered the switch to paper in Duluth yet. But I’m looking forward to enjoying the hot drink without the guilt.
International Paper Inc. is among the paper cup manufacturers responding to a rebounding demand for paper cups for hot drinks. It’s coming up with new cup designs and is already producing a fully bio-degradable cup with a plant-based lining.
Polystyrene foam (the correct term) is bad for the Earth because it isn’t bio-degradable, and recyclers are hard to find. And when it breaks into pieces in landfills, animals mistake it for food.
So embrace the paper cup… but don’t forget to recycle the plastic lid.