T.G.I. F. There’s no better way to celebrate the end of the work week than with a little bit of Joe. No, I’m not talking about a morning repeat with the hunk you were with last night; I’m talking about that piping hot dark roast that you can smell from a block away. Ah yes, coffee, the exhilarating blend of boiling water and beans. It is the only brew they’ll let you bring into work, and many Americans choose to get that brew from Dunkin’ Donuts.

But should they?

There are things that we know, but aren’t aware of. For instance, I travel the same route home every day, and every day I come across something I hadn’t noticed the day before. Maybe there's a stone that's out of place, or a the eerie horror movie vines you notice creeping up the side of your neighbors home? If we stop and look we'll often catch things we hadn't before caught. 

The other morning I had one such experience at my local Dunkin’ Donuts. Per usual I ordered my caffeinated delight, and to my surprise I noticed that Dunkin’ Donuts serves their coffee (medium and large) in Styrofoam cups.

It’s concerning if that doesn’t alarm you. I repeat: Dunkin’ Donuts serves their coffee in Styrofoam cups. One of America’s largest coffee chains chooses to sell their product in material that is not biodegradable. That’s unacceptable. Recycling should be a priority, to every citizen, business, and law maker. Dunkin' Donuts’ behavior is a complete disregard toward the welfare of our planet. That’s their choice, but as consumers we make the final say.

Every time you make a purchase at an establishment, you send a message. Our message to Dunkin' Donuts has been: Keep destroying the environment. As long as you make good coffee, we could care less about what happens to the world around us. Dunkin’ has happily obliged.

I will boycott them until their business model is adjusted to include biodegradable products. You should too.  

Published by S.A. Prince