The Virginia Zoo gets rid of plastic straws to cut their carbon footprint

(Virginia Zoo)

NORFOLK, Va. (WSET) -- The Virginia Zoo is no longer offering plastic straws, but is instead allowing paper straws or letting customers bring their own.

WTKR reports the zoo had stopped using plastic straws just for Earth Day, but later decided to get rid of them completely because the impact plastic has on the environment.

In addition to letting go of straws, the Virginia Zoo recently stopped using paper maps and also started employee-run initiatives to cut down on their carbon footprint.

The Virginia Zoo is also working with organizations, such as the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, to clean up the Elizabeth River and grow new oysters near the Zoo via its conservation program.

Learn more about their efforts here.

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