After Starbucks’ announcement of phasing out plastic straws from its more than 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020, The Walt Disney Company will be following suit, as it will be eliminating single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers at all its owned and operated locations across the world by mid-2019, with the exception of Disney Tokyo, reports ABC News.
The movement is an effort to be a more sustainable company and decrease plastic waste that adversely affects the natural environment, and this elimination amounts to a reduction of more than 175 million straws and 13 million stirrers annually.
“Eliminating plastic straws and other plastic items are meaningful steps in our long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products, in a statement. “These new global efforts help reduce our environmental footprint, and advance our long-term sustainability goals.”
Disney also said it will reduce the use of single-use plastic shopping bags on its properties, instead offering to sell guests reusable bags.
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