Skip the Plastic Weekend in Rockport & Fulton

After Mayor C.J. Wax declared May 24th-26th to be “Skip the Plastic Weekend” in Rockport (see previous blog), Fulton’s City Council and the Aransas County Navigation District passed similar resolutions also recognizing “Skip the Plastic Weekend”!

Events planned for the special weekend include:

• Showings of the award-winning movie, “Bag It” on May 24th and 25th at 1:30 PM in the Education Center at the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor. The movie is free and free popcorn will be served! H-E-B will be there giving away automobile rear view mirror hangers to remind you to take your reusable bags into the store and key fobs with foldaway bags.

• The Aransas County Navigation District will pass out free mesh trash bags at Rockport Beach.

• H-E-B will give away free reusable bags at their Rockport store.

• All week, a great exhibit about plastic pollution in the ocean will be displayed in the Rockport City Hall lobby; the display includes plastic water bottles that have bites taken out of them by turtles.

The cities and Navigation District support reducing the impact of plastic as a means of preserving their natural environmental health, economy and beauty of their ecosystem.

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Rockport’s Mayor Declares Skip the Plastic Weekend

Mayor C.J. Wax of Rockport issued a proclamation yesterday, declaring the Memorial Day holiday (May 24-26) to be “Skip the Plastic Weekend in Rockport”. The proclamation urges all residents, businesses and visitors “to take individual actions to reduce the impacts of plastics in the environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single use plastics and recycling of all plastics.”

Local partners of Skip the Plastic Rockport/Fulton will help to promote the special weekend with presentations, a bag giveaway and a showing of the movie “Bag It”.

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May Bag Hero Found Shopping

For the month of May, our Bag Hero is Mary Beth Maxwell, a Corpus Christi resident and average shopper. We approached her last week as she walked out to her car after buying groceries. When asked why brings her own reusable shopping bags, she replied, “The plastic bags just go flying everywhere and it’s horrible. It’s not good for visitors to see all the plastic trash in our city.”

She sees the reusable bags as an easy alternative to disposable ones. “Sometimes I leave them in my car and have to come back out to get them, but I like having them.”

Mary Beth’s pride in Corpus Christi shows and she knows that the simple step of bringing her own bags is helping to make our city cleaner. Way to go, Mary Beth! You’re our hero!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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