SEAWORLD® SAN ANTONIO SAYS GOOD-BYE TO PLASTIC BAGS

SEAWORLD® SAN ANTONIO SAYS GOOD-BYE TO PLASTIC BAGS

5/9/2013 5:20:00 PM

SEAWORLD® SAN ANTONIO SAYS GOOD-BYE TO PLASTIC BAGS

SAN ANTONIO, TX. (May 9, 2013) – As a way to support SeaWorld® San Antonio’s conservation practices, the park has discontinued its use of plastic bags in its gift shops. The park, which uses half a million gift bags each year, is now offering guests paper bags made from 100 percent recycled paper or giving them the option to purchase a reusable bag.

“Eliminating plastic bags from our park is another way we can help the animals that live in the water,” said Dan Decker, park president of SeaWorld & Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark™. “SeaWorld is proud to offer this alternative to help make a difference on our planet.”

Caring for the world’s oceans is a central theme throughout the SeaWorld parks and is emphasized in education programs and park exhibits. Turtles, sea lions and dolphins often misinterpret floating plastic bags or soda carriers for food. Some animals become trapped in the matter, while others perish after ingesting plastic bags.

Removing plastic bags from the park is just one element of SeaWorld’s conservation efforts. Every year, SeaWorld recycles thousands of pounds of paper and plastic products, metals, greenery, food scraps, wetsuits, pallets, cooking oil, batteries, as well as traditional recyclable materials.

SeaWorld San Antonio may be over one hundred miles from the ocean, but at least once a year, employees of the marine life park participate in the “Texas Adopt-A-Beach” cleanup program. The crew cleans a two-mile stretch of the Malaquite Beach section of the Padre Island National Seashore just south of Corpus Christi collecting trash of all kinds, including discarded plastic bags.

About SeaWorld

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment inspires millions, through the power of entertainment, to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world. The Company has been creating innovative entertainment experiences that blend imagination with nature for more than 50 years and is best known for its 11 U.S. theme parks, attractions that hosted more than 24 million guests in 2012 and include the beloved SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens® and Sesame Place® brands. The parks offer guests a variety of up-close experiences, from animal encounters that invite exploration and appreciation of the natural world, to thrilling rides and spectacular shows. In 2011 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment began expanding its popular brands into media and entertainment platforms to connect people to nature and animals through movies, television, and digital media; plus began developing new lines of licensed consumer products.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment employs more than 21,000 people nationwide.



 

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