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Default Canarian Weekly: Loro Parque beats the drum for plastic purge

AS part of their commitment to the protection of wild species, and their natural habitats, Loro Parque and Poema del Mar have joined forces with the European Commission and the United Nations Environment Programme, as well as other international partners.

The group will launch a coalition of worldwide aquariums to fight plastic pollution, organising permanent activities at their facilities. They will also change their policies to eliminate all single-use plastic items.

This new action is part of a strategy, begun by the Loro Parque Company at the beginning of this year, replacing numerous products by alternatives made with biodegradable and compostable materials, which are more responsible, environmentally.

And Loro Parque recently announced the replacement of single-use, plastic water bottles, with biodegradable and compostable ones.

In taking a decision of such magnitude, it has become one of the pioneering European zoos, consigning the plastic bottles to the rubbish bin.

This coalition, dubbed ?World aquariums #ReadyToChange to #BeatPlasticPollution?, aims to count on at least 200 aquariums by 2019, to increase public awareness of the pollution caused by plastics.

All participating entities will commit to promoting best practices in the use of plastics, at local, regional, national and global levels.

The campaign announcement follows the European Parliament?s overwhelming vote this week on the Commission’s proposal for a ban on certain, single-use plastic articles by 2021.

?Aquariums are a window to our ocean,? said Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. ?With their collections and educational programmes, they show us what we have to protect and inspire, the lovers of tomorrow’s oceans.

?Millions of people visit aquariums around the world every year, and this will move them to rethink the way we use plastics.?

A Loro Parque spokesperson said: ?Enormous quantities of plastic waste pollute seas and coasts, and threaten most marine species.

?But though cleaning beaches is an important and necessary measure, it is becoming clear that society must change its production and consumption habits, as well as its behaviour, to prevent plastics from entering the environment in the first place.?
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