Disposable plastics are everywhere and can have devastating impacts on wildlife. Since mass production started in 1950, plastics have permeated our world at a frenetic pace with roughly 300 million tons manufactured worldwide in 2013. It is estimated that between 10 and 20 million tons of plastic debris end up in the oceans each year. Roughly 80 percent of that comes from land sources. Although it seems daunting, there are steps that can be taken to reduce our plastic footprint. Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)-accredited facilities have a unique opportunity to lead by example. The opportunity lies in doing what is right by our conservation missions, educating visitors and initiating change along our facilities’ supply chains.
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Pink-backed Pelican © Sinclair Miller, Maryland Zoo
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