Houston Zoo does away with plastic bags

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Monday, September 28, 2015
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HOUSTON (KTRK) -- The days of plastic bags at the Houston Zoo are now over. They say they're going completely bag-free for wildlife conservation.

Zoo patrons can either come without bags, buy a reusable bag or a tote they've brought from home.

"This is a significant step for our organization, one we hope will serve as an example for other companies," said Peter Riger, vice president of wildlife conservation for Houston Zoo. "As a zoo-based conservation organization it's important for us to walk the walk, and talk the talk. We are using this action specifically to highlight the need protect marine animals from debris. It also allows our guests to play a direct part in making a difference on our planet."

According to the zoo, this move will keep an estimated 80,000 plastic bags from entering landfills and the environment each year.