Disneyland Paris to Ban Plastic Straws, Plastic Bags and More

Apr 17, 2019

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Disneyland Paris is taking new measures to decrease its carbon footprint.

The theme park, which is one of the most popular in the world, sees about 15 million guests a year and produces a considerable amount of waste — 19 tons in 2018 alone.

Currently, the park recycles paper, glass and 18 other materials, which account for about half its waste. The park is aiming to increase this number to 60% by 2020, according to Nicole Ouimet-Herter, environment manager for Disneyland Paris.

After a vote last month in the EU Parliament to ban single-use plastic products in 2021, Disneyland Paris is changing further. On Thursday, April 18, environmentally friendly paper straws will begin to be available on request as a step toward replacing plastic straws. (In the US, Disneyland and Disney World also have a goal of eliminating plastic straws this year. Plastic straws and balloons have not been allowed at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and theme park for many years.)

Plastic straws at Disney are becoming at thing of the past. (Summer Hull / The Points Guy)
Plastic straws at Disney are becoming at thing of the past. (Summer Hull / The Points Guy)

The straws, however, are just the beginning of Disneyland Paris’ plan for a more environmentally friendly theme park. Next week, park shops will offer bags made up of 80% recycled materials for €1 or €2 rather than handing out free plastic bags. And in June park hotels will be replacing mini shower gel or shampoos with larger, refillable bottles.

The Local also reported that the park’s operator, Euro Disney, plans on installing solar panels to get more power from renewables in the future as well.
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