by Lisa A. Grimaldi | July 26, 2018
The Walt Disney Co.  will eliminate single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers at all of its owned and operated locations across the globe by mid-2019. The measure is expected to reduce more than 175 million straws and 13 million stirrers annually.
The announcement was posted on the Disney Parks Blog by Dr. Mark Penning, vice president, animals, science and environment for Disney Parks, who noted that the company's legacy of environmental stewardship dates back to founder Walt Disney's belief that "conservation isn't just the business of a few people. It's a matter that concerns all of us." Penning added, "We've taken that message to heart and act on our commitment in big and small ways around the world."
The blog announced several other environmental measures that the company will enact over the next few years. They include adding refillable in-room amenities in Disney hotels and on cruise ships to reduce plastics in guest rooms by 80 percent; reducing the number of plastic shopping bags in Disney's owned and operated parks and cruise line (guests will have the option to purchase reusable bags at a nominal price) and eliminating polystyrene cups across all global owned and operated businesses.
Bob Chapek, chairman, Disney Parks, experiences and consumer products, shared support for the new measures: "Eliminating plastic straws and other plastic items are meaningful steps in our long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship. These new global efforts help reduce our environmental footprint and advance our long-term sustainability goals."