Thursday morning, Disney announced that they will eliminate all plastic straws and stirrers at all of their owned and operated locations, including all hotels, resorts, and cruise ships (with the exception of Disney Tokyo). The company stated, “The elimination will reduce more than 175 million straws and 13 million stirrers annually.”

Walt showing Mickey what a plastic-less world will soon look like. Photo: Courtesy of Travis Gergen/Unsplash

Disney also plans to reduce their plastics by 80 percent by transitioning to refillable in-room amenities over the next several years. They also said they will “reduce the number of single-use plastic shopping bags in owned and operated cruise ships, offering guests the option to purchase reusable bags.”

According to ABC News, Starbucks announced that they would eliminate plastic straws and stirrers from more than 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020. An in early June, India announced that it will abolish all single-use plastic by 2022.

This shift to more environmentally friendly business operation is certainly one that we hope to see more of.

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