Zoo ditches plastic straws, cups and takeaway containers

PUBLISHED: 14:00 05 February 2018

Noah's Ark Zoo Farm has got rid of plastic in its caf�. Picture: Noah�s Ark Zoo Farm

Noah's Ark Zoo Farm has got rid of plastic in its caf�. Picture: Noah�s Ark Zoo Farm

Noah�s Ark Zoo Farm

Plastic cups and straws are a thing of the past at a North Somerset tourist spot.

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Wraxall wants to make sure none of its food packaging ends up on landfill.

Noah’s Ark is also swapping its plastic straws for paper ones.

Chris Brookes, catering manager at Noah’s Ark, said: “We are very careful in what we use to package our homemade food and drink items in.

“We have taken steps to go that extra mile and only use compostable packaging to ensure that we do not send anything to landfill.”

A zoo spokesman said it will ensure its biodegradable alternatives are composted in the ideal conditions.

It will take 120 days for them to break down, compared to hundreds of years for plastic.

What is being changed?

• Takeaway food containers will be made from recycled sugarcane fibre, an alternative to polystyrene.

• Compostable coffee cups will be sustainably sourced, and lined with a plant-based material. Ink on the cups will be soya-based. The lids are made from corn stalks.

• Plastic straws are being changed to paper alternatives.

Why does it need to be composted?

Although biodegradable materials can break down much more quickly than plastic, this only happens under the right conditions.

The zoo will ensure the products are disposed of through commercial composting facilities.

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