Buttonwood Park Zoo Celebrates Selection as a Shaw’s Community Bag Program Beneficiary

Fresh off completing the Plastic Free Ecochallenge in July, the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society has been selected as a beneficiary of the Shaw’s Community Bag Program for the month of August. The Shaw’s Community Bag Program, which launched in April 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work.

The Buttonwood Park Zoological Society was selected as the August beneficiary of the program by store leadership at the Shaw’s on State Road in Dartmouth.

The Buttonwood Park Zoological Society will receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at this location during August, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag attached to the bag.

“As a non-profit and a conservation organization, the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society is thrilled to have been chosen by Shaw’s as a partner in the Community Bag program.” said Carrie Hawthorne, Curator of Education at the Zoo. “Last month, the BPZoo staff, interns and volunteers participated in the
“Plastic Free Ecochallenge”, where they were encouraged to swap out single use items, such as plastic grocery bags, for more sustainable choices. Programs such as the Community Bag Program help us bring our mission of conservation to the community in a very tangible way. We hope lots of Shaw’s shoppers will be inspired to not only support the Zoo, but also join us in saying no to single use plastics.” 

For more information on the Shaw's GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Program, including how to give to the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society all year long by utilizing the Giving Tag attached to each bag, visit shaws.bags4mycause.com.

About Buttonwood Park Zoo & Buttonwood Park Zoological Society

The Buttonwood Park Zoo (BPZ), established in 1894, is the 12th oldest zoo in the United States and is also celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. The Buttonwood Park Zoological Society, a private, non-profit organization, was founded in 1969 to support the BPZ so that the Zoo will be a significant contributor to the conservation of wildlife both locally and globally. ". The Zoological Society is partially funded through the Mass Cultural Council’s Cultural Investment Portfolio Gateway Grant. BPZ features over 180 species, most notably Asian elephants, bison, cougars, black bears, eagles, seals, otters, South American primates and numerous waterfowl species. BPZ is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and has been recognized as "one of the finest small zoos in the United States For more information, visit www.bpzoo.org or call (508) 991-6178.

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