Take On the Plastic Free Ecochallenge this July

Reduce single-use plastics this July with the Reid Park Zoo team 

Each July, people across the world pledge to learn one new habit that reduces their personal plastic use. Team up with Reid Park Zoo to take on the Plastic Free Ecochallenge July 2024! The team will be made up of community members and Reid Park Zoo staff alike, but we have a special prize for the members the public that earns the most points for our team by the end of the challenge: a free behind-the-scenes tour.

Head over to the Plastic Free Ecochallege website, join the Reid Park Zoo team, and select plastic-reducing actions to take throughout July. By sticking to those goals, cheering on the team, and completing check-ins, participants will earn points. By the end of the month, the highest scoring participant on the team’s leaderboard will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the Zoo.  

Each action provides resources filled with articles that help you to get a jumpstart on completing an action. Actions may be “One-Time Actions” like swapping out your normal dish soap that comes in a single-use plastic bottle, to a bar or refillable option. Or actions could be “Daily Actions”, like pledging to pick up 3 pieces of litter each day and sharing your observations with your team.   

Single-use plastics are products such as plastic bags, food containers, and water bottles designed with the intention of only being used once, then thrown away. Annually, around 380 million tons of plastic are being produced.