Disney ditching plastic straws by mid-2019

Officials with the Walt Disney Company said on Thursday that it will eliminate single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers at all its locations around the world.

The elimination will amount to a reduction of more than 175 million straws and 13 million stirrers annually, Disney officials said in a blog post.

“Eliminating plastic straws and other plastic items are meaningful steps in our long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products.

Disney officials said it will also reduce the number of plastic shopping bags in owned and operated parks and on its cruise line, guests will have the option to purchase reusable bags at a nominal price.

Officials with Busch Gardens and Sea World announced in June that the parks would be removing all single-use straws and plastic bags.

Earlier this month, a ban on plastic straws took effect in Seattle. Since then, Starbucks and Marriot announced plastic straws and stirrers would be removed from their businesses. San Francisco is in the process of enacting a ban on straws and other plastic items, which would begin next July 1.

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