Our October Bag Heroes are Dustin and Nicole Pringle. With backgrounds in environmental consulting and marine research, they understand that a healthy future for our coastal environment depends largely on human choices. One simple but important change they have made in their daily lives is to bring reusable bags when heading to the store.
“Marine animals like green sea turtles enjoy eating jellyfish. Unfortunately, they can mistake plastic bags for jellyfish and end up malnourished or dying. One thing we all can do to help the turtles is bring our own reusable bags! Together WE can make a difference.”
North Padre Island resident David Pierce is our bag Hero for August. David spends a lot of time working to restore damaged sand dunes and to protect areas populated by sensitive animals and birds like piping plovers.
When asked why he likes reusable bags, he says, “Our beaches and sand dunes are valuable assets and are home for numerous animal species. I bring my own reusable bags when shopping because I am trying to create an awareness for others that our environment and the animals that live in it depend on us to protect them. Hopefully the proposed plastic bag ban on North Padre Island will become a reality this November.”
The advertising campaign that our Surfrider Foundation chapter received from the American Advertising Federation-Corpus Christi chapter has been launched in a big way! Here are some examples of the fantastic ads that the AAF-CC created.
We now have 2 digital billboards up, an excellent PSA being shown on multiple TV networks, a thought provoking ad being played on several radio stations, displays in La Palmera Mall and ads in papers and magazines from Alice to Port Aransas. There will also be signs in some bus stop shelters and even Internet banners.
We’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the AAF-CC, Enlightened Images and all the media outlets that are helping to get our message out to the public.
Our June Bag Hero is a shining example for all Padre Islanders. When asked why she brings her own bags when shopping, Betty Gustafson answers without hesitation, “Plastic pollution is a massive problem and, at the same time, an intensively personal environmental problem. We touch plastics every day of our lives and with every trip to the grocery store. On the bright side, all of us can do something immediately and measurably to contribute to a solution.” Go Betty!
Post-mortem examinations of the thirteen North Sea sperm whales recently stranded on the coast of Germany revealed that their stomachs were full of plastic. #WorldOceansDay #PlasticPollution
Our Bag Heroes for the month of May are Bruce and Saskia Short. Most people on Padre Island probably know them as Bugs and Sas. When they’re not working, chances are you’ll find them at the beach. Bugs is an avid fisherman, but when he’s not out on the jetties, he and Sas can often be found surfing, riding bikes or just enjoying the beach with friends.
Recently, they’ve been encouraged by talk of a possible bag ban on Padre Island, “Every time we take a reusable bag to the store, one less plastic bag makes it to the landfill, or worse, into the water around us. We’re hoping Padre Island will ban plastic shopping bags since too many of them end up harming our marine life.”