I have rewritten this multiple times, because I think my now, many people know I am a bit of a cynic when it comes to the "help the eco system" plans popping up and the happy by product of profit increase. Disney recently announced a plan, by mid 2019 to reduce and eliminate plastic straws, stirrers, polystyrene cups, reduce the small toiletry bottles and plastic bags from it's properties (Parks, resorts, stores) and cruise ships.
Disney HAS always cared about the environment, and HAVE been leaders in the industry for quite a while on that, so it is a natural step for them. While it's too early to tell yet what the alternatives will be for straws and if all plastic bags will be eliminated, I am hoping that paper straws will be available, not just straws that you have to buy and keep up with on your trip.
You can go here, or click on the picture below to read the original Disney Blog Post. I agree with many of their efforts, but I feel like the plastic straws take up so little of the waste (0.2% of waste according to this article) that even though small changes are a start, I hope an alternative, that doesn't cost the consumer more, is put into place.
My biggest concern (because I am totally fine to bring my own straws, we have need of them!) is the reusable bags in the parks. That's going to make it a little tougher when someone needs to carry those around with them, or else, have to buy new ones each visit. That doesn't seem very ecological, or thrifty, especially for the person with one small item and no way to carry it. Paper bags would be a great alternative, I think. I am also concerned because Park to Resort package delivery isn't the most gentile on bags. There are staples, scuffs, rips, and all that on a bag you just bought and hoped to reuse? That alone seems wasteful.
A few suggestions were made in their original blog post, one I loved was water bottle filling stations, instead of buying endless bottles of water, or asking for cups that get thrown out. I think that's a great idea, I wonder if it will be an option later down the road!
I do know that Disney's customer service is second to none, so I have faith that all of these questions will be answered, and they will genuinely do their best to make sure every quest has a good experience. It will be interesting to watch the changes, and then the changes made upon those new changes. Perhaps with enough Pixie Dust, a solution will be found to accommodate everyone.
How do you feel about this change? Love it? Hate it? On the fence?