Disney Updates Cast Member Costumes With New Sustainable Options
With only two more days left in Earth Month, we couldn’t let April pass us by without celebrating the way that Disney is rethinking its cast member costumes. Thousands of costumes currently worn by cast and employees at theme parks, cruise ships, and more, are made from recycled plastics! Disney has a longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability and is at the forefront of using recycling and upcycling initiatives.
Many of the beautiful stage costumes used in Disney’s Wish’s new version of ‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid’ were made from recycled plastic. In fact, more than 60% of all fabrics used in the production were made from plastic debris. Some of the materials used were even recovered from the ocean!
The fabrics are then melted into threads that were woven into the material that emulates fine silk, chiffon, and cotton. The process uses a waterless printing method. This saves thousands of gallons of water, unlike traditional dyeing processes.
In addition to the costumes and set pieces, Disney Cruise Line has also replaced the costumes of crew members. You can find these new outfits worn by cast members at the deck bars, Cabanas quick-service eatery, and more. The fabrics from these uniforms were made from recycled water bottles.
Another fantastic example of sustainable costumes can be found across Walt Disney World Resorts. This includes the new TRON Lightcycle/Run coaster uniforms at Magic Kingdom Park. These costumes are actually made from recycled polyester. In addition, the cast members’ costumes at Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. 70% of each costume’s base fabric is made from recycled materials and the metal buttons are made from 75% recycled metals.
We also know that food and beverage teams at Walt Disney World wear aprons made from 100% recycled materials.
Above is also a look at the new PhotoPass Green costumes that are made from recycled materials.
Recycled products even extend to theme park merchandise. Over at Tokyo Disney Resort and Disneyland Paris, bags were actually created using a technique called upcycling. At Tokyo Disney Resort, the “Circulating Smiles” collection features tote bags, backpacks, and more made from the upcycled fabric of cast member costumes. Last year, Disneyland Paris debuted a line of tote bags, duffel bags, briefcases, and pouches, all made using repurposed materials from the tarp used during Sleeping Beauty Castle’s renovations.
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