This month, we’re thrilled to recognize Barbi Leo as our Bag Hero. Barbi is a KSAB-FM Morning Show radio personality, KIII TV3 Domingo Live TV Show co-host and realtor with Edwards Capital. She understands the importance of making the switch to reusable bags and shows that like clothes and accessories, they can be stylish and fun.
“I would love to see more people carrying reusable bags when they shop at grocery stores and all stores they frequent, and more retailers encouraging the practice.” Setting the kind of retail example that Barbi mentions, Le’Vu Boutique on Saratoga Boulevard now offers a 15% discount on the 1st of each month for customers who bring their own bags.
We’re pleased to announce our October Bag Hero, Stephanie Martinez. As a student at the Aveda Institute Corpus Christi, Stephanie is inspired by Aveda’s goal to minimize their environmental footprint in all their operations. She cares about her community and is very aware of her role in helping to shape the kind of place where her son grows up.
She and her husband regularly pick up trash in her neighborhood and encourage their neighbors to recycle. “It’s so simple to pick things up. You have to be the example.” On the subject of reusable bags, Stephanie says, “I can attest that it’s easy to bring your own bag. We put them back in the car after emptying them at home. My son even brings his H-E-B Buddy bag when we go grocery shopping.“
Bringing your own bags is easy once you get into the habit. Thanks, Stephanie, for doing your part and leading by example!
Want to do something about plastic trash on our beaches? Come join us on Saturday morning, Sept. 28, for the Texas Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup!
Volunteers from our Surfrider Foundation chapter will meet at the Padre Balli Park headquarters (near Bob Hall Pier) on North Padre Island at 8:45 AM before heading to our designated cleanup area. All volunteers will get a free lunch and a great feeling that they’ve helped to make a difference.
If you can’t make it out to Padre Island, check out the other locations in our area where cleanups are scheduled: http://www.glo.texas.gov/adopt-a-beach/cleanups/participate.html
This article from the Austin American-Statesman is for anyone who’s concerned about a potential lawsuit in Coastal Bend cities that enact plastic shopping bag fees or bans.
Our team in Rockport/Fulton has gained an important ally in their efforts to reduce plastic trash in Aransas County:
Aislynn Campbell, Executive Director of GROW Local STX, is our September Bag Hero. GROW Local STX aims to cultivate a healthy community by growing the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable foods. Two of their projects include building new neighborhood gardens and running the Downtown Farmers’ Market on Wednesday evenings in the courtyard by Tango Tea Room.
As someone who grew up in the Coastal Bend, Aislynn is doing her part to make it a better place. “Civic pride is a number one priority. There needs to be this ownership of our city. Moms, dads, and sisters are beginning to form a better community.”
“We’re learning how to create something sustainable in this community,” she continues. “We need to bring our own bags and focus on the kinds of food we buy.”
Thank you, Aislynn and GROW Local STX, for all you do.
Skip the Plastic – Rockport/Fulton is on the move! Check out this article: http://www.wwnrockport.com/2013/08/skip-plastic-new-grass-roots-movement.html