Texas environmental group petitions Whataburger to stop using Styrofoam cups

By Brittany Taylor - Digital News Editor

The Whataburger logo is seen on a restaurant in Friendswood, Texas, on May 31, 2018.

HOUSTON - A Texas environmental group is asking Whataburger to stop using Styrofoam cups and containers, according to KXAN News.

More than 50,000 people have signed the petition so far and three groups are planning to deliver the copies to three Whataburgers in Austin, San Antonio and Corpus Christi on Monday, according to reports.

The groups told KXAN about a third of Styrofoam cups end up in the environment and can harm animals that will mistake it as food, which can block their digestive tract and cause them to starve. 

"Whataburger says they're investigating alternatives, but they need to hear from customers that we want them to act now," said the petition, posted the Environment Texas website. 

Whataburger released the following statement to KXAN News:

"At Whataburger, we’re always looking for the best way to serve our customers and we value their feedback.  We continue to look at cup alternatives 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. We will share any updates if we have news to share. In the meantime, we continue to urge customers to properly dispose of our cups.”

For more information about the petition, click here.

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