Saying No to Plastic


The Conservation Issue

More than 70 million tons of single-use plastics are produced every year. Only 9% of what is put in the recycling bin actually ends up being recycled -- the rest ends up in landfills, the ocean, or simply dumped - and takes about 1,000 years to decompose.

With 8 million tons of plastic finding its way into our oceans annually, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050. Animals on land are being equally affected by plastic. Littered plastic bags, fishing wires and bottles commonly trap and entangle wildlife. Some mistake plastic for food and consumption leaves them severely sick and often dead.

Plastic in our own backyard is hurting the California Condor. These majestic birds are eating bits of littered plastic, feeding it to their young and including it in their nests, all leading to illnesses and deaths of this endangered species.

Solutions to the plastic problem are practical and critically needed. Changes need to happen at all levels: manufacturing, correct recycling of plastic and personal purchasing choices. Simple changes to how we use plastic are the best way to combat this worldwide crisis.

How We Help

Around the Zoo
Gift Shop
Education Programs
Going Green in Our Restaurants
Animal Care Initiatives

You Can Too!

Skip the Plastic

Choose reusable bottles instead of single use drinks

Skip the straw, opt for reusable

Bring utensils or opt for compostable

Avoid paper and plastic bags at the grocery store, use reusable bags instead

Pass on the single use coffee pods, choose a reusable option

Buy in bulk and opt for food without plastic packaging

Use newspaper instead of plastic bags to line waste bins

Take the Plastic Pledge

Join Oakland Zoo and hundreds of others in taking the "No To Plastic" pledge! Click here.

Help the Planet

#NoToPlastic Community Clean-Ups

Join Oakland Zoo in Taking Action for whales, sea turtles, shorebirds and all native Wildlife! Volunteers meet at the Zoo and ride the Zoo Shuttle to a local bay-destined waterway to remove trash, including the ever-abundant plastics that harms and kills our seabirds, turtles, fish and more. *Please note clean-ups are currently on hold.

Can't make it? Join us on one of our monthly Arroyo Creek Clean Up events throughout the year.

Visit Washed Ashore at Oakland Zoo

Art created to save the Sea! Washed Ashore builds and exhibits aesthetically powerful art to educate a global audience about plastic pollution in the ocean and waterways and spark positive changes in consumer habits. Visit our Washed Ashore statues at Oakland Zoo for a limited time from February 13 - August 6. Click here to buy your tickets to Oakland Zoo now!

Teachers: check out these great educational initiatives and curriculum on the Washed Ashore website.

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Together We Can Make a Difference!