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Dunkin’ Donuts to try an eco-friendlier cup

The city still runs on Dunkin’, just a little bit differently now.

Dunkin’ Donuts is debuting an eco-friendly coffee cup in New York that will keep their steamy java hot, but won’t violate the upcoming Styrofoam ban that takes effect Wednesday.

The new cup, which took several years to create, is made of polypropylene and is slowly being rolled out in the city’s more than 500 stores. It features a slimmer-looking design and — unlike the old containers — can be recycled in the city's system with your plastics.

Dunkin’ regular Victoria Soldeieva said the new cups felt a little “waxy” but were otherwise as good as the old. “I didn’t even notice the difference, but that’s good,” said the 21-year-old, who works in lower Manhattan. “It’s better for my health and for the environment.”

The Earth-friendly materials cost more to produce, but the company has no plans to hike their recommended pricing guidelines for its franchises, said Dunkin’ exec Christine Riley Miller. Owners can choose to raise prices if they want to, she said.

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