As of late, there’s been a fast-growing movement for businesses and consumers to give plastic straws the flick in an effort to protect the natural environment and help save the oceans from pollution. And just last week, The Walt Disney Company made a major commitment, announcing it will be eliminating single-use plastic straws and stirrers at all its locations – excluding Tokyo – by mid-2019.
That’s an estimated 175 million straws and 13 million stirrers a year.
“Eliminating plastic straws and other plastic items are meaningful steps in our long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship,” Chairman at Disney Parks, Bob Chapek, told ABC News. “These new global efforts help reduce our environmental footprint and advance our long-term sustainability goals.”
Disney will also be making steps to make its cruises and hotels more environmentally sustainable, including a transition to reusable in-room amenities like shampoo and conditioner, which could reduce plastic use by up to 80 per cent.
It’s a super positive step in the right direction for Disney, but is so much more than reducing single-use plastics, it’s also about showing kids (and adults) around the globe the ways small changes to our day-to-day lives can help care for the oceans and protect the world that sustains us all.
Obviously, straws are a must for some. Reusable stainless steel and silicon straws will be available for purchase in all parks.
Have your next trip to The Happiest Place on Earth feel even better, knowing you’re supporting a environmentally conscious business.
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