Disneyland Paris has banned single-use plastic straws as of earlier this month.
The Paris location of the popular theme park phased out plastic straws ahead of Earth Day on April 22, opting for biodegradable paper straws instead to reduce pollution, USA Today reports.
Disney Takes on Plastic Pollution
“The protection of our environment is not only deeply rooted in our brand DNA, but it is also a lasting commitment of our company as we aim to reduce our environmental impact – a critical part of our strategic vision for the years to come,” Disneyland Paris president Natacha Rafalski said in a statement.
All Disney theme parks across the globe will also no longer use plastic straws and stirrers, eliminating an estimated 75 million straws and 13 million stirrers each year. The company aims to get rid of styrofoam cups and reduce plastic use in guest suites by 80 percent.
Disney and Sustainability
Phasing out single-use plastics aren’t the only way Disney theme parks are making eco-conscious efforts. The park added more vegan options to the menu over the past few years. A growing body of studies shows that animal-based foods like meat, dairy, and eggs are unsustainable.
The original Disneyland in Anaheim, California was named the most vegan-friendly theme park by international animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) last February. Iconic Disneyland foods like Dole Whip, Mickey Mouse-shaped pretzels, and Mickey waffles are vegan-friendly.
“Once upon a time, theme park food meant hamburgers, hot dogs, and turkey legs. Times have changed, and so have menus,” PETA wrote in a press release.
The Magic Kingdom in Florida released a Disney Plant Based Cuisine guide, which lists all vegan and vegetarian food options, earlier this month. The Wilderness Lodge at the Walt Disney World Resort recently launched an all-you-can-eat vegan meat skillet. Last December, Disney World began serving a vegan breakfast skillet featuring the JUST Egg and Beyond Sausage.
The remaining Disney parks will phase out single-use plastic straws and stirrers by June.