Do you plan on visiting Busch Gardens Williamsburg, or Water Country USA soon? If you are then your souvenirs will be put into a recycled paper bag. Busch Gardens Williamsburg switching from plastic to paper bags in major sustainability initiative within the SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment® family of theme parks. Paper or plastic? Now there is just one choice at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA.
Park gift shops now offer paper bags made from recycled paper or guests can choose to buy reusable bags. The change took effect April 19 at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. When the parks open for the season on May 18th there will be paper-only available.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment began the plastic to paper transition in 2011 when SeaWorld® San Diego stopped using plastic bags. SeaWorld® Orlando followed suit in 2012. The company expects to be paper-only in all 11 of its parks by 2013.
Eliminating plastic bags makes an important statement about the company’s commitment to the environment, as well as the need to help protect marine animals from debris. Wildlife such as sea turtles often mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, one of their favorite foods.
This commitment across all 11 parks will keep an estimated four million plastic bags from entering landfills and the environment each year, and also allows guests to play a direct part in making a difference on the planet.
Check out Busch Gardens Williamsburg on Facebook, follow on Twitter @buschgardensva. You can also check out Busch Garden’s YouTube Channel for even more insight into the park and all the fun rides there.
I’m heading to Busch Gardens in a few weeks. I went last year and took my then 4-year old, she had a blast. I try and visit Busch Gardens when I’m in Virginia. Now that I’m moving back home to Virginia I will be there often.
What’s your favorite ride at Busch Gardens?
Here are my two favorite. Looking forward to riding them again, soon!