With more than 31,000 rescues to date, SeaWorld’s rescue team has seen the impact of plastics on animals in the wild. “We’ve seen first-hand the horrific damage that plastic pollution causes to animals,” said Jon Peterson, manager of rescue operations at SeaWorld Orlando. “Some studies have indicated that more than half of sea turtles out in the wild ingest some form of plastic. In fact, just this week, we performed surgery on a rescued sea turtle who became ill from ingesting plastic and other ocean debris.”
SeaWorld and other parks in the SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment family have been working to eliminate single-use plastics from the park, including plastic straws, plastic coffee stirrers and plastic shopping bags. Since beginning this process, SeaWorld has avoided sending over 22 million plastic straws to landfills and often into the oceans.
The removal of these single-use plastics is only a small portion of the actions that SeaWorld is taking to make operations more sustainable.
Did you know…
– All napkins are made with 100 percent recycled fiber, and one-at-a-time napkin dispensers have reduced waste by 50 percent.
– Only sustainable seafood is served in the parks and all coffee is certified organic and sustainable. Most fruits and vegetables are sourced locally and only cage-free eggs are used.
– An extensive recycling infrastructure has ensured more than 40 percent of the in-park waste is recycled.
The parks have some of the most advanced water purification systems in the world.