ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is ditching plastic water bottles, as part of a new campaign led by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) to protect the world's oceans from the growing threat of plastic pollution.
In celebration of World Oceans Day on Wednesday 8 June 2016, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo will be switching to brand new 'water in a box' and encouraging visitors to re-fill their reusable drinks bottles.
Between 5.5 and 14.6 million tonnes of plastic entered the ocean in 2015, and frightening estimates suggest that – at current rates – by 2025 they will contain a tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish. ZSL Whipsnade Zoo wants to reverse this terrifying prediction, with 'Lose your Bottle!' – a project to raise awareness of the threat of plastics to our oceans.
Used just once, often for less than ten minutes, disposable plastic drinking water bottles account for a huge amount the of plastic waste in the world's oceans, which takes hundreds of years to break down.
ZSL's Head of Commercial, Kathryn England said: "With more than 35,000 single-use plastic water bottles sold at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in 2015 and over 700,000 yearly visits, we want our visitors to understand more about the threats of plastic pollution and encourage everyone who visits the Zoo to do their bit to reduce the volume of plastic making its way to the ocean."
Visitors to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo will be able to choose from a new drinking water range that uses sustainable paperboard water boxes, and will be also able to refill their reusable bottles for free at the Zoo's catering outlets.
Special World Oceans Day resources for teachers of Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils are available to download from the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo website at www.zsl.org, where you can also discover more about ZSL's Lose your Bottle project.