Today, Disney announced their intentions to completely eliminate the use of single-use plastic straws and stirrers globally by mid-2019. This policy will reduce plastic straw use globally by 175 million and plastic stirrer use by 13 million.
Disney also announced their intentions to eliminate or reduce other single-use plastic products in the coming years. These products include plastic shopping bags and transitioning to refillable in-room products.
As part of the reduction of plastic shopping bags, Disney said they will begin offering reusable bags for a nominal fee. Polystyrene cups are currently being phased out and Disney has stated their intention to completely eliminate the use in the coming years.
Here’s how Disney described their focus to environmental conservation:
In fact, since 1995, the Disney Conservation Fund has directed more than $70 million to reverse the decline of wildlife around the world. We’ve also reduced our net greenhouse gas emissions by 41 percent in 2017 and diverted nearly 50 percent of waste from landfills and incineration in 2017, making significant progress on our long-term goal of attaining a net zero greenhouse gas emissions and zero waste, while conserving water resources.