Across our family of brands, we are continuously evaluating our packaging, sourcing ways to improve it to best serve the interests of our guests, our planet, and our business. We proactively work with our suppliers to identify opportunities for innovation and increase the sustainability of our packaging. This includes decreasing the amount of single-use packaging in our system and increasing options that are recyclable, compostable, and/or made from certified materials.
We source a wide variety of materials that contribute to our packaging, and we work with Inspire Supply Chain, ARCOP, and NDCP to ensure our packaging materials are responsibly sourced. We will continue to innovate, evaluate, and test available packaging alternatives based on performance, environmental impact, quality, commercial viability, and cost.
In 2019, Buffalo Wild Wings shifted to reusable dishware for dine-in in all franchised and company-owned sports bars. In doing so, we have eliminated 700 million individual pieces of paper and plastic from the waste stream annually.
In 2020, Dunkin’ U.S. restaurants replaced the polystyrene cup with a new double-walled paper cup made with paperboard certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard.
Additionally in 2020, Dunkin’ began testing an industrial compostable straw in select markets throughout the U.S. The straws are made with PHA, a material created by the fermentation of canola oil. While the straws have a similar look and feel as traditional plastic, the PHA material is both marine and soil biodegradable. The straws are certified for industrial compost-ability by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), which is a globally recognized certification, education, and advocacy organization that supports a shift to the circular economy.
Another example is our shift from plastic to wooden stir-sticks across all Dunkin’ U.S. locations. Also, at Baskin-Robbins we have switched from plastic to paper-based packaging for our Fresh Pack quarts. These transitions eliminated nearly 300,000 pounds of plastic from the waste stream annually.