In an effort to reduce the amount of plastic waste, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo announced that the Peacock Café has replaced its plastic straws with paper straws, and has replaced single-use plastic food containers and utensils with more sustainable options. Food containers are now 100% biodegradable. Providing sustainable solutions is in keeping with the Zoo’s commitment to wildlife and conservation efforts, including an active role in protecting the environment.
Assistant Guest Services Manager Peter Gordon has been challenged to find sustainable alternatives to plastic products at the café, an ongoing effort that will result in additional future changes. Gordon located sustainable sources for food containers and implements: to-go boxes made of 100% biodegradable sugarcane, sandwich boxes made of biodegradable cardboard, Made-in-America paper straws, and wooden coffee stirrers. Plastic utensils have been replaced with a bioblend utensil that is manufactured with 30% less plastic.