Disney Expands Its Commitment To A Sustainable Planet

The Walt Disney Company's has always had a strong commitment to the environment with stewardship practices going back more than 60 years. Walt Disney believed that "conservation isn't just the business of a few people. It's a matter that concerns all of us." Today the corporation that bears his name continues to strive to meet ideals set out by its founder.

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To date "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."

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Yesterday The Walt Disney Company announced new strategies in its continuing efforts to reduce the impact it has on our planet. Here's what you need to know.

  • By mid-2019, single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers will be eliminated at all owned and operated locations across the globe.
  • Total elimination of polystyrene cups across our global owned and operated business will be completed.
  • Over the next few years Disney Resorts and Disney Cruise Line will be transitioning to refillable in-room amenities, reducing plastics in guest rooms by 80 percent.
  • Finally the number of plastic shopping bags in our owned and operated parks and on our cruise line, will be significantly reduced, offering guests the option to purchase reusable bags at a nominal price.

Like all changes, these new commitments to the environment will be met with their fair share of criticism. The disabilities community is very vocal against plastic straw bans, and being given the option to purchase a re-useable shopping bag just seems like it's just a ploy for more money. I expect the loudest uproar may be from Guests upset about elimination of the individual shampoos and conditioners.

So farewell little bottles of H20+ products. You were one of the great joys I had prolonging the feeling my vacation even after I went home. I've loved you, but in the long run, I would much rather have a clean ocean, and sustainable planet.

How do you feel about this announcement? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

JeffC wrote on Fri, 07/27/2018 - 13:54:

I was really happy to hear about all of these measures. Like you, a tiny part of my heart broke over the little bottles of shampoo and body wash (I got 6 sets from the Poly last week!!!) But in the end less plastic is a far greater good.

Joe and I recently invested in some stainless steel straws that we use when we get Starbucks. Every little bit helps.

wdwizbest wrote on Sat, 07/28/2018 - 22:53:

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I think I'm going to buy stock in "reusable" straw production.

Kristen K. wrote on Tue, 07/31/2018 - 13:39:

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Hahaha Wiz! That's actually not a bad idea.

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