Earth Day 2019 at Disney World
In an effort to keep moving forward with their environmental protection efforts, The Walt Disney Company eliminated all single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers at Disney World today. All straws are now made of biodegradable paper.
In 2018, The Walt Disney Company announced that it would eliminate all single-use straws at its locations across the world by mid-2019, a reduction of more than 175 million straws and 13 million plastic stirrers each year.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom banned plastic straws and cup lids from quick service locations from the time it opened in 1998. Since the Creature Comfort Starbucks at DAK opened in 2015, all drink straws offered to guests are made of rolled paper.
Disney is also transitioning from individual in-room bathing amenities to refillable in-room amenities in its resort hotels and Disney Cruise Line ships. The refillable body wash, shampoo and conditioner bottles will reduce 80 percent of plastic waste from guest rooms.
We stayed at Port Orleans last month and LOVE this change! We love, love, love the smell of Disney’s shampoo and conditioner and now can use gobs of it when showering instead of bringing tiny bottles into the shower with use.
Along with these moves, Disney is reducing the amount of plastic shopping bags in its stores. Reusable shopping bags are being offered for a small fee depending on size ($1 – $3). Guests are encouraged to bring their own shopping bags when visiting Disney World.
“Eliminating plastic straws and other plastic items are meaningful steps in our long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products. “These new global efforts help reduce our environmental footprint, and advance our long-term sustainability goals.”
Walt Disney World is joining Starbucks, American Airlines, Marriott, the cities of Seattle and San Francisco, and other cities by implementing a ban on plastic straws.
Starbucks will do away with plastic straws by 2020, a plan aimed at eliminating more than one billion straws a year. One billion!
McDonald’s also launched a new set of environmental goals in 2018: By 2025 all restaurants packaging, including straws, will be from renewable, recycled, or certified sustainable sources.
We support these efforts 100%!
We’ve written two books about our time working at Disney World.
Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.
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Have a magical day!