At World Oceans Day at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, get tips on how to help sea creatures by reducing your plastics waste

California sea lions, African black-footed penguins, blacktip reef sharks and stingrays will be highlighted during World Ocean Day activities 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo in Franke Park. (News-Sentinel.com file photo)

You probably heard about the pilot whale found dying that had more than 17 pounds of plastic bags in its stomach and the sea turtle with a plastic straw stuck up its nose.

During its World Oceans Day activities 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo will give visitors ideas on how they can take small steps to prevent that type of animal suffering in the future.

To do its part, the zoo has stopped using plastic straws at concessions areas, said Bonnie Kemp, zoo communication director. The zoo’s gift shop also has stopped using plastic bags, encouraging people to put purchases in a reusable bag or carry out their items without a bag.

The biggest thing people can do to keep plastic out of the ocean is to stop or reduce using single-use plastic products, such as straws and bags, Kemp said.

Some alternatives include:

• Use paper or aluminum straws rather than plastic ones.

• Switch to reusable containers for storing or carrying food other items.

• Try new products, such as beeswax-covered sheets of cloth now are available that can be used to wrap sandwiches or other food and then wiped off and reused again, Kemp said.

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