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article imageElectric Zoo is going eco-friendly, says 'no' to plastic straws

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 27, 2018 in Environment
New York - New York's premiere electronic dance music festival, Electric Zoo, is saying no to plastic straws at this year's event, "The Big 10," which will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary.
Electric Zoo: The Big 10 has joined in World Oceans Month this June by saying "no" to plastic straws at this year's three-day festival, which kicks off on August 31, 2018, at Randall's Island Park in New York.
In order to save the oceans and raise awareness on the environment, Electric Zoo: The Big 10 will be plastic straw free. Paper alternatives will be substituted in stead, as an absolute necessity.
According to data from studies conducted by the National Academy of Sciences, approximately 71 percent of seabirds, and 30 percent of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. Instead of biodegrading or dissolving, the plastic that makes it into the oceans will break down over time into small particles that are known as microplastics, which are a big threat to marine life, including fish. These statistics foreshadow that by the year 2050, the amount of plastic in the ocean will surpass the amount of fish. As a result, the effects on the delicate ecosystems of the oceans cannot be overstated.
One of the Top 10 causes are plastic straws (such as small and lightweight straws), most of which never make it in the recycling cans; moreover, the straws that do make it to the recycling bins are too lightweight to make it through the mechanical recycling sorters, so they ultimately wind up disposed as regular garbage.
In addition, Electric Zoo is teaming up with Clean Vibes, which is the leader in environmentally responsible event waste management. All of these efforts are pushing towards environmental friendliness.
Clean Vibes focuses on education through action, and it is showing audience members and fans how easy it is to minimize one's waste index through recycling in hopes that they will apply this knowledge in their daily lives.
Electric Zoo: The Big 10 is encouraging all of its fans to do the same, in an effort to protect our Earth and to keep oceans healthy.
To learn more about Electric Zoo, check out its official website.
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