Three New Partners!

We’re thrilled to add three new Partners to our growing list of supporters:

Keep Port Aransas Beautiful‘s mission is to promote public interest to create a cleaner, more beautiful Port Aransas through volunteerism and education.

Aransas County Coastal Cleanup is dedicated to keeping the Aransas County Coastline free of garbage and pollution.

www.surfporta.com is a website that provides daily surf reports and keeps beachgoers up to date on surfing, fishing and events in Port Aransas.

Welcome to all three. Now let’s get to work!

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04 2014

Our April Bag Hero is From Port Aransas

Rae Mooney is a Research Scientist Assistant at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute/Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve and a member of the newly formed Skip the Plastic Port Aransas team. Like a lot of people in Port Aransas, Rae is looking forward to April 17th when their City Council will consider adopting a plastic bag ban.

Her inspiration comes not only from a desire to see fewer plastic bags spoiling the area’s natural scenery, but also from a scientific understanding of how disposable plastic bags and other plastic trash are impacting the beach, bay and Gulf water ecosystems. She says, “I’m concerned with the legacy we are leaving behind. I don’t want the future to be full of plastic stuck in dunes or people concerned with toxins in their seafood. I would love to see Port Aransas lead the Coastal Bend in reducing our usage of plastic by getting into the habit of using reusable bags.“

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04 2014

Dallas City Council Passes a Bag Fee Ordinance

Way to go Dallas!

http://cityhallblog.dallasnews.com/2014/03/dallas-city-council-approves-partial-fee-based-ban-on-single-use-carryout-bags.html/

The councilman in the video asked some interesting and some very silly questions.

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03 2014

St. Joe’s Island Cleanup a Big Success


This was one of our most successful cleanups yet, with about 80 volunteers showing up at 7:30 AM on a damp, overcast morning. Kudos and thanks to volunteers from Skip the Plastic-Port Aransas, Skip the Plastic-Rockport/Fulton, Del Mar College Environmental Awareness Organization, Texans for Clean Water, Texas Defense of Fins, www.surfporta.com, and of course, Fisherman’s Wharf for the free rides and trash hauling on the jetty boat!

We completely filled 3 recycling dumpsters with plastic bottles and one dumpster with trash. The beach and jetty at St. Joe’s are a lot cleaner as a result but until we change public attitudes and policy on the activities generating this plastic trash, we’re only treating the symptom instead of solving the problem.

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03 2014

Skip the Plastic Expands to Port Aransas

We’re very pleased to announce the formation of Skip the Plastic – Port Aransas! Joining Corpus Christi and Rockport/Fulton, Port Aransas is the latest area in the Coastal Bend where Skip the Plastic has launched a team. Members of the UT Marine Science Institute’s Green Team, Keep Port Aransas Beautiful and the Garden Club of Port Aransas will make up the main membership. Stay tuned for news on efforts to make Port A’s parks, beaches and waters free of plastic trash!

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03 2014

A Rockport/Fulton Team Member is Our March Bag Hero

For the month of March, our Bag Hero is Jean Payne, a Skip the Plastic Rockport/Fulton team member.  Jean and others in Skip the Plastic Rockport/Fulton have been working with government officials and other local groups to reduce the number of plastic bags and that spoil the scenery in areas frequented by tourists and harm marine life.  To date, they’ve received a resolution of support from the Aransas County Commissioners and have enlisted five organizations as Skip the Plastic Partners.

Jean loves the outdoors. When she goes to the beach, she carries her snacks, drinks, blanket, sunscreen and book in a cloth bag that doubles as an insulated market bag for grocery shopping. The only single-use plastic bags she comes in contact with are the ones she picks up when picking up trash on the beach.

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03 2014

Our February Bag Hero

We’re proud to recognize another of our team members as our February Bag Hero.  Weldon Lucas owns and runs the Bien Hecho clothing line. If you’ve frequented ArtWalk, one of the local farmers markets or the Island Moon market, you’ve probably seen him selling his goods there.

Seeing the need for stylish reusable bags in our area, Weldon added sturdy cotton canvas bags to his product line last year.  He purchases bags made by employees with visual impairments at the West Texas Lighthouse for the Blind in San Angelo and then adds his popular prints and designs.

Weldon walks the walk and can be seen with his bags when at stores or on the beach.  Like he says,  “The small act of using reusable bags can make a big difference when we all make the change together!”

Bien Hecho reusable bags and clothing can be found at www.bornbienhecho.com

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01 2014

Surfrider Foundation & the UCLA Environmental Law Clinic go to Washington

Representatives from the Surfrider Foundation and the UCLA School of Law recently met with U.S. Senators about plastic pollution in the oceans. Citing NOAA’s estimate that trashy beaches can lead to a 52% drop in tourism revenue and the large costs communities are paying to deal with such trash, they proposed proven policy solutions to address the problem.

More details here: http://www.surfrider.org/coastal-blog/entry/5994

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01 2014

Our January 2014 Bag Hero

At the start of a new year, it’s important to look around and consider how things might be improved. People like our own team member Shelia Rogers show us where problems exist and inspire us to do better. While her thought provoking art made from plastic trash was on display at the Texas State Aquarium, Shelia’s message reached thousands of people.

Her goal is “to educate viewers about the dangers of plastic in our marine environment. I want to motivate them to advocate for a reduction of single-use plastic and make small lifestyle changes that reduce the amount of waste we are putting into our environment. Plastic pollution is a huge problem, but by changing our habits, we can create a cleaner and more sustainable world. Each one of us can make a difference.” You can bet that when Shelia goes to the store, she brings her own reusable bags.

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01 2014

Good and Not So Good

Hooray for the volunteers helping Corpus Christi’s Solid Waste Department to recycle glass bottles today at Walmart in Calallen!

 

 

Boo for all the plastic bags and other trash that has ended up in the nearby drainage ditch.

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