The Boston Globe highlighted the efforts of Joseph Hellyar, aka "Joey Cups," a supply chain manager at Massachusetts-based Dunkin' Donuts, to find a non-Styrofoam cup for the chain to use.

Share story

2364680777_d825e216c9.jpgThe Boston Globe highlighted the efforts of Joseph Hellyar, aka “Joey Cups,” a supply chain manager at Massachusetts-based Dunkin’ Donuts, to find a non-Styrofoam cup for the chain to use.

Why not use paper, like Starbucks? It’s not that simple, the story says. “It takes roughly 20 million trees and 12 billion gallons of water to manufacture the 58 billion paper cups that end up in the trash every year. Most communities do not have the means or equipment needed to recycle these cups, which involves separating the paper container from the wax-like inner lining that prevents your java from leaking out.”

Actually, it’s a plastic lining that presents quite a problem for companies like Starbucks trying to convince mills that paper coffee cups make good post-consumer material.

While Joey Cups checks out biodegradable options and biofoams made from mushrooms, his chain made some headway by reducing the foam in its medium-sized cups by more than 10 percent, the Globe said.

Most Read Stories

Unlimited Digital Access. $1 for 4 weeks

Starbucks, which years ago put post-consumer recycled paper into its cups, has worked with mills on recycling tests in New York and Chicago — and, the Globe points out, held a customer contest in which the winning idea was for customers to mark on chalkboards each time they bring in a reusable mug and every 10th person with such a mug would receive free coffee.

Anyone seen those chalkboards anywhere?

And who around here — land of no Dunkin’ — knew it used Styrofoam cups? Does that affect the flavor of the coffee?

PHOTO FROM FLICKR: TRAVELING FOOLS OF AMERICA