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Art designed to save the seas at Naples Zoo highlights problem of pollution from plastic debris

Posted: 10:23 AM, Oct 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-31 14:23:32Z

NAPLES, Fla.-- A Florida zoo is trying to bring attention to the global problem of plastics in our oceans.

The Naples Zoo aims to get more local businesses to cut down on the single use of plastic by bringing attention to the millions of pounds that are not recycled and wash up on shore.

Ninety-one percent of plastic waste is not recycled, and the zoo wants to extend the skip the straw initiative to local businesses in southwest Florida.

A new zoo exhibit consisting of several sculptures hopes to bring awareness to the issue and illustrate the problem plastic is causing.

All of the pieces are made from items that have washed ashore.

"We're seeing more and more changes to the environment and the animals that we are trying to take care of.  "The sculptures are all made from plastics that are washed ashore.  "This is just one way to kind of grab people's attention and bring to light a really serious issue that you can absolutely take care of," said  Naples Zoo Director of Education Stacey Graison.

The exhibit runs from November 17, 2018 until April 21, 2019.