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‘Green Zoo, Green You’ built with old bottles

Jun 29th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest News, News

A NEW exhibition about sustainable living at Wellington Zoo will practice what it preaches this year by being built out of more than 5,000 plastic bottles.

Visitors will enter through a 10 metre long arched wall made out of 5,320 plastic bottles as part of the new ‘Green Zoo, Green You’ exhibition.

“We’re trying to engage people in sustainability work and inspire them to take action,” says Oli du Bern, the Exhibitor Experience Manager at Wellington Zoo.

There will be different displays about waste management and separation, water conservation, energy consumption and reduction, and a space for kids to play, he says.

“By building a sustainability experience that talks about these things, we hope to encourage people to do sustainable things at home.”

He says the zoo is just starting to collect used 420ml plastic bottles, and has been asking for them on Facebook and Twitter.

The Richter City Roller Derby made a donation of bottles from their latest event and Mr du Bern says he plans to collect more at the next Hurricanes game at Westpac Stadium.

Clean, 420ml plastic bottles without lids and labels are welcomed to be dropped off at the zoo in the special green ‘Green Zoo, Green You’ containers.

Mr du Bern says it would be helpful if large donations of bottles can be put in plastic bags.

Members of staff at the zoo are starting to build the shell of the exhibition, and hope to complete it sometime in September.

Every year Wellingtonians recycle about 60 kgs of rubbish per person and 10% of that is made up of plastic.

Plastic soft drink bottles are most often used to create synthetic materials like polyester for clothing, carpets or bedding, according to Wellington City Council.

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