In honor of Earth Day 2022, which is today, April 22, Delaware North is offering guests a special plantable drink coaster which will be available at several of its Patina Restaurant Group restaurants on Disney property at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
The campaign, part of Delaware North’s award-winning GreenPath® program, replaces traditional cardboard drink coasters and beverage napkins with eco-friendly, plantable seed coasters for guests to take home, plant, and enjoy.
They will be available throughout the remainder of April, to also support National Park Week, April 16-24, as well as Arbor Day on April 29.
The coasters, which are embedded with pollinator wildflowers, will attract bees and other insects that collect and distribute the pollen necessary for many plants to grow – including fruits and vegetables.
The wildflowers in the coasters are native to North America, and include Black-Eyed Susan, Corn Poppy, Spurred Snapdragon, Sweet Alyssum, English Daisy, and Catchfly seeds.
In all, more than 32,000 disposable coasters will be replaced with the eco-friendly seed coasters, resulting in up to 10 million wildflower seeds being planted. Any coasters left over will be donated to local community organizations.
“Delaware North’s GreenPath® program helps ensure the company carefully manages its environmental impact and positively contributes to the communities we serve,” Deb Friedel, Delaware North’s director of sustainability, said. “These coasters were specifically sourced with pollinator seeds to support the ecosystem: One out of every three bites of food exists because of the efforts of pollinators.”
Patina Restaurant Group properties include:
At Downtown Disney District at Disneyland – Tortilla Jo’s, Naples Ristorante e Bar, and Catal Restaurants.
At Disney Springs at Walt Disney World – Morimoto Asia, The Edison, Maria and Enzo’s (read our brunch review), Enzo’s Hideaway, and Pizza Pointe.
So if you get one of these coasters while dining at the restaurants, don’t throw them away. Take them home and plant them to help our ecosystems thrive.