The Akron Zoo staff is taking the challenge to be plastic free in July 2018!
Plastic has become an issue in the last 70 years. In the last half of the 20th century, over one billion tons of plastic was produced. In the 18 years of the 21st century, that figure has doubled. Plastic photodegrades, which means it breaks down smaller and smaller, but never truly goes away. Plastic is collecting in our oceans and being consumed by animals, where it clogs their stomachs, leading to malnutrition and starvation, but it also poisons the animals by leaching chemicals.
Inspired by the Australian-founded initiative and co-hosted by Calgary Zoo and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Plastic Free July is a 31-day challenge to reduce and refuse single-use plastics, such as disposable cups, straws, bottled water or pop, etc. The Akron Zoo staff is taking the challenge - will you join us?
It may not semm like refusing a single plastic straw or pick up one piece of little is going to change the world. But when everyone joins together and begins to do these small actions, it makes a big impact on our environment.