Plastic pollution in our ocean, rivers, and Great Lakes is no longer a future concern; it is now an immediate threat. In an effort to combat this problem, the Virginia Aquarium has banded together with 18 other aquariums across the United States with one goal: reduce single-use plastic from our institutions.

At the Virginia Aquarium, we have committed to:

  • Eliminate plastic straws and single-use take-away plastic bags by July 10, 2017
  • Significantly reduce or eliminate single-use plastic beverage bottles by December 1, 2020
  • Provide and showcase alternatives to single-use plastic for our visitors

The solution is in our hands – join us in choosing reusable alternatives over single-use plastic, at