Paper or Plastic
5/3/2013 9:17:00 AM
Williamsburg Parks Switching From Plastic to Paper Bags
WILLIAMSBURG, VA. (May 3, 2013) – Paper or plastic? Now there is just one choice at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg and Water Country USA®. Both parks have discontinued the use of plastic bags in all of the parks’ gift shops as part of a major sustainability initiative within the SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment® family of theme parks.
Park gift shops now offer paper bags made from recycled paper or guests can choose to purchase reusable bags. The change took effect April 19 at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA will be paper-only when the park opens for the season on May 18.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment began the plastic to paper transition in 2011 when SeaWorld® San Diego stopped using plastic bags. SeaWorld® Orlando followed suit in 2012. The company expects to be paper-only in all 11 of its parks by 2013.
Eliminating plastic bags makes an important statement about the company’s commitment to the environment, as well as the need to help protect marine animals from debris. Wildlife such as sea turtles often mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, one of their favorite foods.
This commitment across all 11 parks will keep an estimated four million plastic bags from entering landfills and the environment each year, and also allows guests to play a direct part in making a difference on the planet.