As a leader in conservation, the Houston Zoo has decided to focus our efforts on 6 new initiatives.  They are as follows:

  • Cell Phone Recycling
  • Paper Recycling
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Seafood Watch
  • Palm Oil
  • Pollinators

You will be seeing information on all of these topics, but today we will focus on plastics.

According to the EPA, in 2012, 32 million tons of plastic were generated, but only 9% of that was recovered for recycling.

These floating bags look like edible jellyfish to wildlife.

These floating bags look like edible jellyfish to wildlife.

Every year, billions of pounds of plastic end up in the world’s ocean sas pollution.   Plastics that are not recycled end up in our  landfills and may take up to 1,000 years to decompose.  Thousands of fish, birds, marine mammals and turtles ingest or become entangled in plastic items resulting in injury or even death.

How can you help?

Recycle!  Most community recycling programs accept at least some types of plastics.  The number on the bottom of the plastic container will help you determine if it is accepted by your local

Reusable bags are a great way to reduce plastic waste.

Reusable bags are a great way to reduce plastic waste.

program.  Cut or break the rings from beverage cans.  That way animals will not become entangled.

How is the Swap Shop involved?  We will be giving points to anyone 18 and under who brings in a

single use plastic shopping bag or beverage ring along with a report on recycling those items.  And we have two special days coming up where traders

Wildlife can become entrapped in 6 pack rings.

Wildlife can become entrapped in 6 pack rings.

can earn double points.  On April 19th we will be celebrating Earth Day with Party for the Planet.  And, on June 7th, we will celebrate World Ocean Day.  On both of those days, any trader bringing in a plastic bag or ring with a report will receive double points!

Don’t know about The Naturally Wild Swap Shop?  Click here for more information.

 

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