As of April 22, 2017 our gift store and Tortuga Café no longer sell plastic water bottles. For the past month, we have been celebrating our transition to selling Boxed Water on campus. Although our campus has featured a water re-fill station and promotes the use of reusable water bottles on campus and at all events, we had offered plastic water bottles to accommodate guests in the past. However, Loggerhead Marinelife Center strives to be a leader in sea turtle and ocean conservation and is working to implement campus sustainability initiatives in 2017. Of the 24 cleanups we’ve sorted so far in 2017, we’ve removed 521 plastic bottles and 5,032 plastic bottle caps. We hope that our efforts to eliminate plastic water bottles from our campus will encourage others to follow in our foot steps. We will offer guests the option of Boxed Water, but we still encourage guests to bring a reusable water bottle to campus or purchase one in our gift store or e-store. All proceeds from our gift store directly support our 38 educational programs and sea turtle patients.