News and studies have shown alarming consequences of the growing threat of plastics to our oceans and wildlife. The Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group, estimates that eight million metrics tons of plastics enter the ocean each year, on top of the estimated 150 million metric tons that currently circulate the planet.
SeaWorld has been at the forefront of animal rescue and ocean conservation for more than five decades. Just part of those efforts is the reduction of single-use plastics. In fact, some SeaWorld parks removed single-use plastic straws and plastic shopping bags years, and in some cases, decades ago. In 2018, we were proud to announce that all 12 SeaWorld parks eliminated single-use plastic straws and plastic shopping bags, as part of our mission to protect animals and habitats worldwide.