Many companies are beginning to make the shift from plastic to paper to help the environment. Plastic bags are polluting our environment and harming our wildlife.
I recently gave a presentation on this topic. Many sea animals, especially sea turtles, are mistaking plastic bags for jellyfish. Click here to look at this picture…can you tell which is the plastic bag? It’s hard for humans to tell the difference, imagine how hard it is for sea creatures. In case you are wondering, the picture on the right is a jellyfish.
According to a press release on market watch’s website titled “From Gift Bags to Beverage Cups, Theme Park Visits More Planet-Friendly–SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Parks Say Good-bye to Plastic Bags – Precedent-setting Move Keeps 4 Million Plastic Bags Out of Landfills Annually,” SeaWorld and Busch Gardens are replacing plastic bags with paper bags.
According to the press release, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment are the largest theme park to make this commitment. Guests will have the option of purchasing a reusable shopping bag or using a paper bag made from 100 percent recycled paper.
Here is a short excerpt from the press release:
“Approximately 1.4 billion tons of trash, including plastic bags, enters the ocean annually. Wildlife such as endangered sea turtles often mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, one of their favorite foods.”
In addition to eliminating plastic bags, the press release indicated SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and the Coca-Cola Company have made a 10 year partnership to provide guests with paper cups made from 85 percent renewable resources. This will help significantly as guests currently use more than 13 million paper cups annually throughout the 10 parks.
I think it’s great that a large company, like SeaWorld, has made this commitment. SeaWorld knows firsthand the harm human trash can cause to marine life. Humans need to be more committed to recycling.
What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you think plastic bags will eventually all be replaced with paper and reusable shopping bags?
Here is a YouTube video about plastic and our ocean.