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Reduce Plastic Pollution

Each year, at least 8 million tons of plastics leak into the ocean. That's the equivalent of emptying a garbage truck into the ocean every minute.

UPDATE: Congratulations Team "Plastic Free Zoo New England!"

Plasticfreechallenge

This July, ZNE joined forces with 78 other zoos and aquariums throughout North America to participate in Plastic-Free July, challenging staff to break free from plastic! Our team of 100 staff finished in 12th place, putting us in the top 15 percent! Check out full results here. Teams were challenged to make lifestyle changes —from reusable (and stylish) shopping bags and water bottles, to bamboo utensils, silicone storage bags and beyond. We hope that these small, daily changes extend past July and into our everyday lifestyles to make a larger, lifelong impact on the lives of animals and the ocean.


Imagine how this affects habitats, ecosystems and marine biodiversity. Unless we make changes, it's estimated that by the year 2050, 99% of seabirds will have ingested plastic, and plastic in our oceans may outweigh the fish that call them home. Let's change the future. Together, let's take action to reduce our reliance upon plastics.

So what can we do?

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