Target: Ted Wells, Advisor of the Park School Green Clubs
Goal: Thank young students for drawing attention to the environmental and health issues that Dunkin’ Donuts causes by choosing to sell its beverage products in styrofoam containers
As the largest supplier of styrofoam, Dunkin’ Donuts promised to stop using foam cups to serve its beverage products. However, that promise was made nearly two years ago, yet the popular coffee and donut company still has not switched to a more recyclable alternative. To speed up the process, fourth and fifth graders from Park School in Brookline, Massachusetts met with Dunkin’ Donuts executives and presented their petition of 270,000 signatures urging the company to finally end its use of styrofoam.
As members of their school’s green clubs, the student-activists gave up their recess and weekends to fight against the use of styrofoam and help preserve the environment. The children have appropriately set a deadline for Dunkin’ Donuts to end its use of styrofoam by Earth Day 2015. In a 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility report, Dunkin’ Donuts stated that it was trying its best to meet customers’ expectations as well as keep costs down and limit its environmental impact. So far, the company has contemplated paper or a type of plastic-like polypropylene container. Ultimately, any alternative would be an improvement over styrofoam.
Styrofoam is incredibly difficult to break down and when it does, it releases harmful chemicals into the environment that threaten the health of animals and humans. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), styrofoam contains a dangerous carcinogen called polystyrene. Styrofoam production can also cause kidney, intestinal, and respiratory problems due to the 57 chemicals that it releases into the air, affecting every living creature in the world.
Please thank the schoolchildren for their efforts to end the use of styrofoam at Dunkin’ Donuts and for working to improve the environment and the health of generations to come.
Dear Mr. Wells,
Thank you so much for your commitment to the green clubs for the students of Park School. The schoolchildren’s collaborative efforts to finally end styrofoam use at Dunkin’ Donuts is sure to inspire other children across the nation to get involved with eco-friendly causes. The leadership skills and confidence building that the children will gain from this experience will last throughout their lives.
Please continue to lead these children as ambassadors for the environment and public health.
[Your Name Here]