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
Our August Bag Heroes at the Texas Sealife Center on North Padre Island are helping to spread the word that reusable plastic bags are the way to go. As Amanda Terry, Director of Rehabilitation at the center knows, sea turtles eat the bags and birds get them wrapped around their feet. Turtles that ingest bags often die and impaired birds often cannot fly or find food.
On making the switch to reusable bags, Amanda tells us, “Wildlife is affected by plastic trash more than people think. If there are less loose plastic bags, then there’s less of a chance of animals ingesting them and becoming entangled in them.”
We salute the Texas Sealife Center for the service it provides to injured sea animals and helping to raise people’s awareness about the dangers posed by plastic marine debris.
The House of Rock is one of Corpus Christi’s most popular nightlife venues, with live music, art shows and other cultural events. Owner Casey Lain understands that a clean city helps downtown businesses like his to prosper. One important part of this equation is the shift from disposable to reusable shopping bags. Less disposable bags coming out of stores means less loose plastic bags drifting through downtown streets and along the seawall. That’s why Casey takes reusable bags when shopping and stages periodic giveaways of reusable bags at the House of Rock.
He sums it up like this, “Taking care of our city, the Sparkling City By the Sea, is a community responsibility. Our downtown bay front and coastlines are a beautiful asset and one of the reasons why I choose to own a business and raise my family here.”
On making the switch to reusable bags, he says, “Changing our habits and mindsets is difficult. With practice and dedication we can all make a difference. The results will be immeasurable and long lasting.”
We commend Casey for his efforts to revitalize downtown and helping House of Rock customers to make the change to reusable shopping bags.
All our past bag heroes have been people who bring their own reusable bags when shopping.
For June, we’re recognizing store owner Jennifer Reid since her clothing resale shop, Threads, is helping to change people’s shopping habits. Each time that a customer goes bagless or brings their own bag, they get a card stamped. Once they get six stamps, they receive a free reusable bag with the Threads logo on it!
Jennifer says “I was always aware plastic bags were bad but it wasn’t until I educated myself and saw ‘Bag It’ that I realized how bad they really are. It’s going to affect future generations if we don’t do something now. If I can make one person a little more aware, then I’ll consider it a success.”
Go by Threads at 5706 McArdle Road and see for yourself how a local business can make a difference.