Recycling is an important part of sustainable living and working. Good zoos and aquariums work to educate people about reducing their impact on the environment, so it’s no surprise they have some great recycling initiatives themselves.

The clothing industry is emerging as a big player in waste production. In Australia for example, 6,000 kg of clothing is dumped in landfill every 10 minutes! Some zoos are tackling this issue in the workplace and setting a good example for others by recycling zoo uniforms. Australia Zoo participates in the Uniforms 4 Kids Program, which takes their old uniforms and uses volunteer sewing professionals to make beautiful clothes, which are distributed to kids in disadvantaged communities. These kids are so proud to have new clothes and really appreciate them.

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