Green Tips

Green Tips

Our mission is to contribute to the conservation of our earth’s animals, plants and other natural resources by challenging ourselves to act as responsible environmental stewards. But we cannot do it alone! Implementing green practices into your life can help reduce waste, conserve natural resources, and protect ecosystems and biodiversity.

How You Can Help
Here are a few simple ways to make an impact and protect wildlife. And remember, each time you visit Roger Williams Park Zoo, proceeds go towards conservation efforts locally and around the globe!
Reduce, Reuse & Recycle
  • Bring reusable bags to the grocery store instead of using new plastic or paper bags.
  • Say no thank you to straws and other single-use plastic items.
  • Most recyclable items used on a daily basis including paper, glass, aluminum and cardboard can all be added to the recycle bin instead of the trash can.
  • Compost yard waste and kitchen waste and use it to feed your yard. You’ll put less matter in the landfill while nurturing your plants naturally. Don't know where to start? Find useful tips or buy a compost bin from RI Resource Recovery.
  • Or try vermicomposting - worms, can naturally convert organic waste into fertilizer!
  • Donate reusable items such as clothes, furniture, electronics, etc.
  • Don't buy new! Instead shop your local consignment/antique/thrift stores for some neat finds.

Sustainable Palm Oil

Palm oil is everywhere! This common ingredient is found in everyday items like soap, shampoo, snacks, etc. The Amazon Rainforest is home to some of the world's most unusual wildlife, many of which are critically endangered. Unfortunately, palm oil plantations have created significant deforestation and habitat loss - threatening these populations. But YOU can help! Take action by choosing to shop sustainably. 

  • Use the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Sustainable Palm Oil Shopping Guide in deciding what to put in your grocery store cart.
  • Look for the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) trademark on products you purchase.
  • #FollowtheFrog to make sure your product was sustainably sourced.
Eat Sustainably
  • Try Meatless Mondays to help reduce the emission of gases in our climate! Did you know that producing 2.2 pounds of beef takes enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for 20 days? Or that it takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger? (Sources: Sustainable Table and Seafood Watch). 
  • Buy sustainable seafood. Ocean-friendly seafood is seafood that has been caught in a way that protects animals like sharks and rays and ensures fish populations thrive over time.
  • Shop locally. Buy food products in your community to reduce pollution caused by shipping products. It also helps to build your local economy.
Save the Bees

Believe it or not, you have a bee to thank for every one in three bites of food you eat. Seventy out of the top 100 human food crops — which supply about 90 percent of the world’s nutrition — are pollinated by bees. How can YOU help? Plant local plants in your garden to attract pollinators and ditch those pesky pesticides.

Punch out Plastics!

Here at the Zoo, we don't offer straws with drink purchases or plastic bags with gift purchases. Use reusable bags and forgo the straws and other plastic items that end up our oceans. Together we can Punch Out Plastics!