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On Wednesday, February 7, Dunkin’ Donuts announced that it will begin to phase out the use of its iconic foam cups from its global chain. The company has set a target of 2020 as its completion date.

Beginning in the spring of 2018, Dunkin’ Donuts will switch to double-walled paper cups at its domestic locations. A majority of its international stores have already been using the paper cups, but the rest of them will make the switch in the next few years.

The move comes as part of the Dunkin’ Donuts’ larger mission to be more environmentally-friendly. Previously, the company has committed to having 80% of fiber-based consumer-facing packaging certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard, eliminating artificial dyes from its menu, and building more energy-efficient restaurants.

The double-walled paper cup is already in use at Dunkin’ Donuts’ next generation concept store in Quincy, Massachusetts, which opened in January. In the spring, the cup will be introduced at New York City and California locations, with more to follow later in the year.

“With more than 9,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the U.S. alone, our decision to eliminate foam cups is significant for both our brand and our industry. We have a responsibility to improve our packaging, making it better for the planet while still meeting the needs of our guests,” says Karen Raskopf, Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer, Dunkin’ Brands. “Transitioning away from foam has been a critical goal for Dunkin’ Donuts U.S., and with the double-walled cup, we will be able to offer a replacement that meets the needs and expectations of both our customers and the communities we serve.”