Plastic Free July

Plastic Free EcoChallenge is a month-long effort for all of us to shift away from our single-use plastic dependency. Together, let’s realize our collective dream of a plastic-free world.

Locally, the Buttonwood Park Zoo is teaming up with Fairhaven Sustainability Committee, UMass Dartmouth and the Greater New Bedford Regional Refuse Management District to encourage our communities to refuse and reduce our plastic use.

This 31-day global eco-challenge helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution by providing resources and ideas to reduce single-use plastic waste at home, work, school, and even local restaurants. The challenge website offers over 65 suggested actions, such as replacing a plastic straw with a metal one or carrying a reusable water bottle.

“The Buttonwood Park Zoo strives to be a leader in sustainability by making smart choices in our operations and by inspiring our visitors to do the same at home,” says Curator of Education, Carrie Hawthorne. “For the last two years, we have focused on reducing single use plastics, such as grocery bags, that are used for mere minutes. Americans use nearly 100 billion plastic bags each year, and only about 1% are recycled. The rest end up in our oceans and environment where they have a negative impact for decades to come.”

If every person makes one small change, we can make a big difference!


Take the challenge now and join Team Southcoast MA
and commit to refuse, reduce and recycle in July.