A major promise was made by the Walt Disney Company to work for the betterment of the environment within a time span of one year. A further step towards this promise is being initiated, and the announcement was made on Thursday that single-use plastic straws will be replaced with stainless steel or silicon straws that would be chargeable and stirrers will be banned from all the locations in the world except Tokyo Disney by mid-2019.
This according to them, could be a great initiative in order to limit the use of plastic and in particular, single-use plastic. By doing this, there would be a reduction of about 175 million straws and 13 million stirrers that would also decrease their production cost.
Apart from the parks, the company will also introduce this step in the hotels and cruises along with other environment-friendly measures. The in-room amenities such as shampoos, conditioners, and shower gels in hotels and cruises will be made re-cyclable and fit for re-use, thereby cutting down plastic by eighty per cent. Plastic bags will also be discontinued and replaced with re-usable bags that would be given at a cost.
Besides Disney, other companies such as Hyatt Hotel group, Marriott International, Royal Carribean Cruise, and other hospitality companies have also committed to reduce the use of single-use plastic.