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Posted on - 5th March 2020

In 2019 Disney eliminated single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers in every owned and operated location across the globe. This will cut down more than 175 million straws and 13 million stirrers annually!

The Chairman, Bob Chapek, of Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products says, “eliminating plastic straws and other plastic items are meaningful steps in our long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship”. Walt Disney himself was very keen to uphold a clean environmental conscience; one of his famous quotes regarding this issue is that “conservation isn’t just the business of a few people. It concerns all of us”.

As we know, the Disney Company is exploring the vast seas and oceans on its very own Disney Cruise lines. Being so close to the waters they have to ensure that all standards are met, if not exceeded. Last year the enterprise was ranked "most environmentally responsible" earning the only "A" rating given by Friends of the Earth. They excelled in shore-based power methods for cleaner fuel, and protection of Alaska’s coastline by complying with the state’s quality regulations.

The Disney Company also plans to reduce plastic waste by transitioning to refillable in-room amenities in Disney accommodation, removing plastic shopping bags from parks and stores, and working to eliminate polystyrene cups across all businesses. Disney will also continue to recycle and responsibly dispose of single-use waste that cannot be eliminated.

When looking closer inland at The English Ladies headquarters, we are making improvements towards an environmentally friendly company. Our biggest step forward recently has been starting to switch out our Styrofoam and bubble wrap packaging for custom-fitted cardboard packing, which is 100% recyclable. This has begun to be very beneficial for both our manufacturers and customers in reducing plastic waste and being more efficient with our overall product.

In addition, our company is also researching new solutions to replace the single plastic covers that add extra protection for the English Ladies boxes. Our options include biodegradable plastics or paper sleeves so that we are not harming the quality of our products but can still reduce our plastic footprint.

Our warehouse is now external from our offices which means that only small, direct website orders are processed on our office premises. In this case, our packing and postage are from re-used materials; from outer boxes to internal padding so as to not add waste to the cycle.

Many of our collectors like to keep the original packaging as part of their collection, as it nicely completes the product. This helps to reduce the waste into landfill. Moreover, ceramics do not leach into the earth if put in landfill; it is often the way we learn about older civilisations through archaeological finds of pots and statues. This is why figurines are such a valuable purchase; they truly last forever!

Let us know what have been the best lifestyle changes that you have made to reduce your single-use plastic conscience.