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This is no different from the way things are done now in my town. We have been using re-usable bags and straws and have banned styrofoam for years now. I've carried a re-usable bag for my Disney purchases on trips for years. It makes things much easier and neater.
I've been carrying reusable bags for more than a year now, as PR passed a law where plastic bags are prohibited. Now, the tricky part will be taking them with me to the parks, as sometimes I go bag free.
Now, the no straws will be more difficult. I hate the paper straws. I'll have to come up with an alternative for this.
I guess it all comes down to what you’re used to. I use reusable bags all the time for shopping and I do have one or two collapsible ones that fold into a pocket that I could throw into our backpack for the day. But I probably wouldn’t mind buying a reusable Disney bag at the checkout to add to my collection.
The shampoo and soap dispensers don’t bother me either. When we did our National Park trip last year, the cottages all had soap dispensers. It just makes sense.
Not sure about the straws though. Sipping a drink at a restaurant is one thing, but when you get a drink to go, it sure is easier to carry it around with a lid and a straw. But I guess we will just adapt to the new norm, whether it be bringing our own plastic or metal straws or going without. .
IMO, itís unrealistic for any shopping venue to expect that people A) bring their own bags, B) have purchases sent to their resorts, and C) purchase bags in addition to other purchases.
I experienced the "bring your own or buy one from us" issue for the first time in either Seattle or San Francisco. My BFF and I had gone on a girl's trip and went shopping one day. We were in Macy's (I think - it's all a bit of blur to be honest) and I had picked out a few things. Went to pay for them and the clerk looked at me and said..."Would you like a bag?" I looked back and said, "Uh, yeah, that would be nice." She then informed me that it would cost so much (I don't remember the cost anymore). I just kind of looked at her and after a few moments, said, "Okay...I kind of need a bag." After that, BFF and I made sure to carry a bag with us whenever we left the hotel and did the same on the subsequent trips.
DH and I are headed to California and DL in a week and we already have plans to bring one of our Disney cloth bags and we have a set of metal straws to use as well on the way from Amazon (should be here tomorrow or Friday). It is a different way of thinking and might be a bit of a pain at first but we have been getting better at the reusable bags for the grocery store. I look at it as a learning process.
We live in Alaska and oddly enough, it was the smaller communities that jumped on the no plastic bag bandwagon first! Several of the small rural villages have not had plastic bags for several years now. And Wasilla (one of the larger towns in Alaska, just reverted to paper or reusable bags recently. And there is the distinct possibility of the same in Anchorage within the next year. I'm really working hard to get used to carrying my own bags.
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I am not a Big straw user.... and I like the paper ones from AK. The metal straws seem foreign to me. Not liking that option.
I recycle the plastic ones every time I go to the grocery store. I do have a homemade cloth bag that I bring to Disney, to bring home goodies on the plane. I REALLY love the plastic ones that Disney gives to you...I am sad to see those go.
We can recycle but lets not get too Crazy about it.... I recently saw on a Sunday morning show, the piece was about recycling plastic and China was paying these companies (USA) buying the plastic...but no more!
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Just wanted to pass this info along to others...
Was looking for a straw cleaning brush and came upon reasonably priced alternatives to the metal straws - several silicone BPA free options. All came with cleaning brushes and one had it's own bag/holder as well. I think this will be on my next Amazon order as I feel these are more kid friendly. Hopefully this info can help someone else.