Taronga Zoo: Stop the harmful single use plastic plates and cutlery in your cafes
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Plastics are one of the most destructive threats to animals and marine life in the wild. Despite Taronga Zoo's own education program to encourage the reduced use and disposal of plastics, all the food in it’s food hall is served on single use plastics. Even a drink-in coffee is served in a takeaway coffee cup that can’t be recycled.
It’s time Taronga Zoo walked it’s talk and ensured it’s café stops the wasteful use of single use plastic and starts using washable plates and cutlery and biodegradable take away options.
My two year old boy loves the Zoo and we’re ‘friends of the zoo’ pass holders. At the seal show the keepers do such a fantastic job of educating everyone about the damage that plastics do and what a threat they are for seals in the wild. It then seems crazy to head for lunch and be served on single use plastic plates and cutlery, exactly what we had been told moments earlier was so damaging.
I imagine the Zoo has a contract with external providers for their cafes, so they need to ensure that this is written into their procurement policies and external contracts.
Taronga Zoo is meant to be a model for protecting wildlife – please help me tell them to stop using harmful single-use plastic that threatens the lives of animals.
While Taronga Zoo alone isn’t going to change the plastics crisis – as a conservation foundation with a strong focus on community education and a leader in conservation efforts, it seems like an important place to model what’s necessary – which is a move away from single use plastic that just gets thrown out and ends up in our rubbish tips, waterways and oceans.
Here is Taronga's own website telling you why this is an important issue- https://taronga.org.au/for-the-oceans/plastic-free-oceans and https://taronga.org.au/sites/tarongazoo/files/downloads/SwapThisInfographic.pdf
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