Environmental groups call on Whataburger to stop using Styrofoam cups, containers

Activists are pressuring San Antonio-based Whataburger to end its use of foam cups and containers in favor of materials that are friendlier to the environment.

More than 50,000 people have signed a petition calling on the popular fast-food chain to stop using polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam, in its cups and food containers. The petition was delivered Monday to Whataburger’s San Antonio headquarters and restaurants in Austin and Corpus Christi by representatives for Environment Texas, Surfrider Foundation’s Texas Coastal Bend chapter and Care2.com.

Whataburger, which has more than 800 stores in 10 states, said in a statement it is looking at alternatives to Styrofoam cups “that keep drinks at the right temperature but we have a lot to consider from a quality and supply perspective when meeting our customers’ expectations.”

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