Disney World's Animal Kingdom has long-since offered biodegradable paper straws as an eco-friendly substitute. Other Disney parks are following suit. (Photo: Disney)
Disney Parks are doing their best to preserve a “great, big, beautiful tomorrow” by eliminating single-use plastic items such as straws and eating utensils.
Effective Thursday – four days before Earth Day – Disneyland Paris is banning plastic straws and will now offer only a biodegradable paper version at guests’ request.
The move follows a vote from European parliament last month to eliminate plastic straws and cutlery by 2021, The Guardian and CNN reported.
“The protection of our environment is not only deeply rooted in our brand DNA, but it is also a lasting commitment of our company as we aim to reduce our environmental impact – a critical part of our strategic vision for the years to come,” Disneyland Paris president Natacha Rafalski said in a statement.
The rest of Disney Parks have started to introduce paper straws as an alternative and will fully follow suit within the next few months. In an initiative unveiled last year, the company estimated that by ridding its park of plastic items, it would reduce its environmental footprint by over 175 million straws and 13 million stirrers annually.
From today, Disneyland Paris has eliminated the use of plastic straws and replaced them with these 100% biodegradable alternatives.
Paper straws have already started to pop up around Disney’s other parks, including Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California. But Animal Kingdom, Disney World’s nature-friendly zoo-theme park hybrid, was well ahead of the trend, instituting a plastic straw ban years ago.
Disney also announced that over the “next few years,” it plans to swap out plastic in hotels and cruise ships with “refillable in-room amenities.” It will also introduce low-cost reusable bags in parks and cruises to cut down on plastic shopping bags.
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