Plastic bottle litter

Plastics and Straws

Plastics are in the news, we see them on our beaches, we’re doing something about them, and we invite you to help! Aquariums, zoos, and other science-based museums and organizations are committing to reducing single-use plastics in our institutions and to encouraging our staff and guests to do the same. This perfectly supports the Science Center’s strategic value of environmental stewarship: engaging in personal and institutional responsibility.

Why is this so important?

  • More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year.
  • Americans use 500 million plastic straws each DAY.
  • 1 in 3 species of marine mammals have been found entangled in marine litter.
  • Over 90% of all seabirds have ingested plastic pieces. This debris fills up their stomachs so they can’t take in normal nutrients, and causes them to starve.
  • We teach guests about Ecosystems, in which everything is connected and part of a delicate balance, so we are committed to helping restore and preserve that balance.

How can you help?

  • We have eliminated plastic straws, one of the worst problems, as they cannot be recycled and degrade into little plastic particles that end up stuck in fish’s throats and ultimately result in their death. (And those plastic pieces end up in the tissues of much of the seafood we eat, so reducing plastic has a direct impact on our health as well.) If you really need a straw, please request one from the server. Otherwise, thank you for joining us in our efforts.
  • Please feel free to bring your reusable water bottle with you and take advantage of the new bottle filling stations springing up around the Science Center. And when you visit the IMAX theater, look for our reusable cups there.
  • Tweet your great ideas for personal waste reduction at #UseLessPlastic!