OKC Zoo launches Plastic Free EcoChallenge in July

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The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is encouraging consumers to shift away from single-use plastic dependency and make a change for the benefit of the world’s ecosystems by participating in the Plastic Free EcoChallenge during July.

The premise for the EcoChallege is that disposable plastic items like grocery bags, straws and bottles are creating huge ecological harm, especially in oceans and other aquatic habitats. This includes our streams, rivers and lakes in Oklahoma where plastic trash is a common sight. The challenge runs now through Saturday, July 31, and is open to the public.

Participants will earn eco-points for using less plastic, recycling, switching to reusable items and for pledging to make other eco-friendly changes.


In 2020, the OKC Zoo team refused over 950 straws, 1,019 plastic bottles, 1,104 pieces of plastic cutlery, picked up 2,606 pieces of litter, signed 34 petitions and attended 4 different community events to advocate against single-use plastics. This collaborative initiative earned the OKC Zoo team third place amongst all participating organizations after placing seventh in 2019. Learn more here

Disposable plastic items like grocery bags, straws and bottles are creating huge ecological harm, especially in oceans and other aquatic habitats. This includes our streams, rivers and lakes in Oklahoma where plastic trash is a common sight.

The challenge runs through Saturday, July 31, and is open to the public. Participants will earn eco-points for using less plastic, recycling, switching to reusable items and for pledging to make other eco-friendly changes.

While exploring the Zoo, guests can help reduce plastic by utilizing in-park recycling to dispose of plastic water bottles and aluminum cans. The Zoo is now the premiere Oklahoma location to offer Pepsi’s canned Aquafina® water in all of its vending machines, and these cans can be recycled on grounds.

Guests can also bring their own reusable water bottle and pack snacks that have minimal plastic…..”

View the whole story here: https://www.city-sentinel.com/2021/07/okc-zoo-launches-plastic-free-ecochallenge-in-july/

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