WINNIPEG — The Assiniboine Park Conservancy has eliminated the use of plastic straws and bags inside its park and zoo.
APC says the move is being made as part of its commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship.
“This is an amazing commitment and a fantastic opportunity to initiate cultural change within our organization and actively demonstrate how small efforts can have big impacts when we work together,” said Dustin Karsin, head, environment and sustainability, Assiniboine Park Conservancy.
The changes come into effect Sunday, July 1, when plastic straws will no longer be available at all food and beverage venues in Assiniboine Park including The Park Café (Qualico Family Centre), the Tundra Grill and seasonal concessions at the zoo, and at catered events hosted at the park’s event venues. Biodegradable paper straws will be provided if required or requested. At APC’s retail outlets in the zoo, customers will be encouraged to bring their own reusable shopping bags. Reusable bags are also available for purchase.
“When it comes to making lifestyle changes to reduce your impact on the environment, it can be difficult to know where to start, but there are many simple actions people can take,” added Karsin. “Using reusable shopping bags or bins and refusing single-use plastic straws is a great place to start.”