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The Walt Disney Company Is to Phase Out the Use of Plastic Straws by 2019

It's a small world after all.

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Disney is following in the tracks of both Starbucks and McDonald's in the quest to eliminate single-use plastic straws and stirrers at all of its owned locations, with the exception of Disney Tokyo, by mid-2019.

 

Not only is Disney taking the initiative to be at the forefront of environmental preservation around the globe, but are setting an example and embracing their ethos.

 

“Disney has always been inspired by nature — and it is a uniquely powerful brand that inspires, educates, and entertains, all at the same time,” said Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International.

 

There are also changes to come for Disney cruises and Disney hotels. The company has predicted there will be an 80% decrease in plastic after several years of implementing refillable and reusable in-room amenities. 

 

Additionally, Disney has vouched to eliminate the use of plastic bags within parks and cruise lines, offering a reusable bag alternative for purchase. 

 

“Eliminating plastic straws and other plastic items are meaningful steps in our long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman of Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products. “These new global efforts help reduce our environmental footprint, and advance our long-term sustainability goals.”

 

“Today’s announcement is more than about reducing single-use plastic waste, it’s also about showing millions of kids and adults from around the world the many ways we can change our daily habits to care for the oceans and protect nature that sustains us all," Sanjayan said. 

 

Admirably, the company is showcasing its environmental and ecological stewardship, honoring their commitment to the prosperity of this planet in homage of Walt Disney himself, who once said, “Landscapes of great wonder and beauty lie under our feet and all around us... Life in these hidden worlds is more startling in reality than anything we can imagine. How could this earth of ours, which is only a speck in the heavens, have so much variety of life, so many curious and exciting creatures?"