Shamu Just Says No to Plastic Bags at SeaWorld
On your next visit to one of the SeaWorld theme parks, it might be a good idea to bring one of those reusable grocery bags, and this is especially the case if you’re planning to stock up on souvenirs for your little one—or yourself. The parks have decided that plastic this and plastic that aren't the best for the environment, so they’re planning to ditch a lot of their disposable items in favor of those which are reusable.
Within the next year or so, SeaWorld will phase out their use of plastic bags across all of their parks. They don’t want anyone to rethink a potential purchase of a giant stuffed Shamu, so SeaWorld will still reluctantly hand out bags; however they will be totally made of recycled paper. Of course they will also be pretty darn happy to sell you a snazzy reusable SeaWorld shopping bag as well.
Park officials estimate that this change will keep four million bags out of landfills, give or take. That sounds like way more bags than we’d estimate, but we’ll trust that they had some plastic bag accountants who know what they're talking about.
The recycling continues when it’s time to get a drink as well, as the park is also trying to cut down on their use of plastic cups. A new partnership with Coca-Cola has them filling paper cups—complete with 85 percent recycled and renewable materials. All good news, really.
[Photo: doug bonhaus]