Walt Disney World Cast Members Share New Ways the Resort Is Helping Reduce Waste

Even though Earth Month may be over, Cast Members at the Walt Disney World Resort continue conservation well beyond. Disney Parks Blog took a look at work being done to reduce waste at the resort in different ways.

What’s Happening:

  • Cast Members at Walt Disney World are using different methods to reduce waste around the resort including costumes being made of recycled plastic water bottles, designing compost buckets, and more.

Conservation in Costuming:

  • New costumes have started to appear around the resort. The aprons shown in the pictures have been made of fabric created from recycled plastic water bottles. Each apron keeps 50 bottles out of landfills.

  • The idea came from Costuming Cast Members Christine, Michelle, Annamarie, and Sandy bringing in new costume designs with conservation methods.

  • Michelle, Costume Development and Implementation Manager: “So much is happening with fabric technology, which includes lightweight performance fabric created with recycled fiber. We’ve found that sweet spot to get functional and durable, vibrant fabrics with fun designs cast and guests will love.”
  • Christine, Costume Designer: “It was so exciting when we were testing the recycled goods, finding out how many water bottles went into making each one of these aprons. There’s such a great drive from the Company to look for places where we can be more efficient and be better global citizens. And being able to use recycled fabrics, I think the cast are going to be proud of that. Knowing that their costumes are making a difference.”

Composting at Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

  • As part of the theme park’s Earth Month celebration, Cast Members were able to design compost containers to help reduce food waste, made out of repurposed buckets from food and beverage locations around the park.

Responsible Printing Backstage:

  • In offices all across Walt Disney World property, teams have reduced individual printed by about 40 percent, and transitioning to energy-efficient devices.
  • This has been encouraging Cast Members to only print what they need, reducing paper and toner waste.

Disney Parks’ Field Notes:

  • During Earth Month, Disney Parks Blog released a series called Field Notes, looking at different ways the theme parks around the world are helping reduce waste and conserve.
  • The first episode had us explore the Rainbow Reef at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa with Animal Programs Cast Member Eric. The reef showcases some of the fish native to the waters around Hawaii and lets Guests get up close and personal in a safe environment.
  • At Tokyo DisneySea, Guests can get a tour of turn-of-the-century New York City in cars powered by electricity.
  • Hong Kong Disneyland horticulturists are converting green waste to wood chips in an effort to efficiently improve soil health.
  • Disneyland Paris’ Nature and Environment Department is using biodiversity to help preserve nature and conserve natural resources with the help of sheep, bees, and more.
  • Disneyland Resort Cast Members figured out a way to save approximately 450,000 gallons of water a year by taking the melted ice from the outdoor carts at the end of the day to share with the Custodial teams who use it to wash areas of the resort and create water art for Guests.

If interested, you can learn more about Disney’s 2030 environmental goals.

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