25 August 2011

Green steps at the Two Oceans Aquarium

Two Oceans Aquarium
Green and blue – our favourite colours! Photo courtesy Squiggle

While we’re all about the blue here at the Two Oceans Aquarium, green is our second favourite colour! If you ever wonder what we do to make a difference out there, simply take a look at our ever-growing list of environmentally friendly, conservation-conscious changes …

  • We donate all empty toners and printer cartridges to Project Plus, who in turn donates the “cash value” to the Endangered Wildlife Trust.
  • Shoreline Café has set up two worm farms and has received two Green Genie composters. As much wet waste as possible is being fed to the worms and the composters!
  • All sugar, vinegar, tomato sauce, salt and pepper sachets have been removed from Shoreline Café and replaced with glass containers.
  • We use Sappi’s Triple Green toilet paper!
  • Green initiatives are growing by leaps and bounds at Shoreline Café
  • Shoreline Café has switched from using palm oil to using a pure sunflower oil. The reason for this is that palm oil is produced in rainforest areas in Asia and Mauritius. The rainforest is being chopped down to plant palm trees for the oil, placing the indigenous orangutan under threat because of the destruction of its natural habitat. Studies conducted in Mauritius have also shown an increase of cardiac-related illnesses since the booming of the palm oil industry.
  • Shoreline Café is the first restaurant in Africa to obtain Chain-of-Custody certification from the Marine Stewardship Council.
  • We’ve recalibrated all of our chilling units to ensure that they are running as efficiently as they can, and we’re looking into using the sea water next to the Aquarium to cool down our chilling units instead of using cooling towers, which consume large amounts of power and waste a lot of fresh water.
  • We’ve entered into a partnership with Project 90 by 2030 and have agreed to act as a demonstration site for renewable energy technologies. Ou first wind turbine had been installed, as have our solar panels (even our Outreach van has a few!) to offset the power consumption of our administration block. These will be highly visible so that we can use them as an example for our visitors.
  • Our Oceans in Motion: Outreach van is covered in solar panels
  • Our Environmental Education Centre will be able to incorporate energy conservation to its lectures.
  • With Senior Bird Trainer Hayley McLellan as our inspiration, the Two Oceans Aquarium has banned the plastic bag.

This list is far from exhaustive, and we should mention the recycling bins at the Aquarium, as well as the signage that we’ve put up to educate our visitors about green issues.

It’s all in the name of running a sustainable business, with the number-one priority of going easy on the environment.

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