Let’s Shedd Plastic

As part of their mission to protect and conserve aquatic wildlife around the world, Chicago’s acclaimed Shedd Aquarium is committed to stopping the flow of plastic into our lakes, oceans, and rivers. Their Let’s Shedd Plastic initiative tackles the issue of single-use plastic from carryout containers and delivery packaging.

Learn more about the program and how you can help work toward a plastic-free future.

Let’s Shedd Plastic & Chicago Restaurant Week

The Shedd Aquarium and Choose Chicago are using Chicago Restaurant Week as an opportunity to highlight the role of restaurants in fighting plastic pollution.

Let’s Shedd Plastic empowers restaurants to take feasible and measurable steps toward reducing their plastic footprint. Offering the aquarium’s expertise to restaurant partners that join the program, the Shedd hopes to engage Chicago restaurants from all corners of the city to create a healthier and more sustainable future for people and aquatic life.

Many Chicago Restaurant Week participants have committed to reducing their single-use plastic usage. Explore the current list of restaurants participating in Let’s Shedd Plastic.

How you can get involved

All year long, there are plenty of ways to reduce single-use plastic, minimize waste, and create a safer and cleaner planet. Here are some tips from the Shedd Aquarium on easy ways to prevent plastic pollution and protect animals and humans alike.

Opt for reusables

  • Reuse single-use plastic items like cutlery with your carry-out meals. Check out Shedd’s gift shop for reusable mugs, bags, and more.
  • Support businesses that are using or developing plastic-free alternatives or nominate a local restaurant or business to become a Let’s Shedd Plastic collaborator.

Raise your voice

  • Contact elected officials, local businesses, and your community — ask them to join us in working toward a plastic-free future.
  • Sign the petition to bring Dispatch Goods’ reusable food packaging to Chicago’s restaurants.

Restore local aquatic habitats


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