Recycling and Keep America Beautiful’s Role in Corporate Spin on Plastics

July Bag Hero!

Our July Bag Hero is Michiel Landers. We caught up with her as she was headed out to her car with a cart full of groceries. As a busy mom, she finds that reusable shopping bags make her life a little easier while also helping to protect our bays and the Gulf.

“The reusable bags can hold more items than plastic bags do, so I make fewer trips from the car to the house when I get home. I also like the H-E-B insulated bags that keep hot foods hot and cold ones cold. We even use them as lunch bags for the boys when they go on day trips.”

Thanks Michiel!


07 2018

Our Response to the Texas Supreme Court’s Recent Ruling on Laredo’s Bag Ban


07 2018

April Bag Heroes!

Our April Bag Heroes are Kristian Fontenot and Wyatt Hooks. In their own words: “We moved to Corpus Christi from Austin 5 years ago. As undergraduate college students, we tend to visit the grocery store and farmers’ markets quite a bit. Being accustomed to the bag ban in Austin, we were shocked to see plastic bags again.

However, since reusable bags had become a part of our regular routine, we kept on using them. Once you have incorporated leaving them in your car or home, they are easy to use and maintain.

Plastic shopping bags are a danger to our environment. It is important for us that we make a change to help preserve our local environment and wildlife.”


04 2018

Marine Animals Rejoice! Balloon Releases are Illegal in Corpus Christi

Sea turtles and other marine creatures will be happy to know that a Corpus Christi ordinance prohibits balloon releases:

Article VII., Sec. 21-71. – Release of balloons.
(a) A person commits an offense if the person knowingly releases a balloon into the air outside a roofed structure.
(b) A person commits an offense if the person organizes or promotes an event during which balloons are released into the air outside a roofed structure if the person knew that such release was planned or authorized.

Here’s why and some alternatives:


04 2018

Shoreline Sandwich Co. Gains Ocean Friendly Restaurant Designation

Shoreline Sandwich Co. recently became the third Ocean Friendly Restaurant in the Coastal Bend! Now you can enjoy a great sandwich while supporting a business that’s helping to keep our bays and the Gulf clean.


04 2018

Study Finds Plastic Particles in Leading Brands of Bottled Water


04 2018

March Bag Hero Learned When She was Young

Our March Bag Hero is Allison Foster, Director of the International Study Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. When she, her mother, Jacqueline Wormser, and her son, Miguel, head to the store, they always bring their reusable bags.

Allison explains, “When I was a child, my mother used to bring reusable bags all the time when she went shopping. This was long before it became a common practice, and some people probably thought it was a little strange, but it set a great example for me. Now we’re happy to have passed this tradition on to my son and to see his enthusiasm for helping to keep our city and our beaches beautiful and to protect the natural environment.”


03 2018

Dunkin’ Donuts Announces It Will Phase Out Foam Cups

Responding to customers’ concerns about plastic trash harming the environment and especially the oceans, Dunkin’ Donuts will begin phasing out polystyrene foam coffee cups this spring, substituting them with double-walled paper cups. What fast food chain is next – McDonald’s? Whataburger??


02 2018

Eleanor’s Coffee Bar + Market Becomes Second Ocean Friendly Restaurant in the Coastal Bend

Eleanor’s Coffee Bar + Market has officially signed up with the Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurant program to reduce plastic one restaurant and one customer at a time.

Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Restaurant (OFR) program highlights businesses that pledge to meet an ocean friendly standard, based on a comprehensive list of criteria. This criteria includes that the OFR agrees to comply with the following four required program criteria:

1. No expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam is used.
2. Proper recycling practices are followed.
3. Only reusable tableware is used for onsite dining, and disposable utensils for takeout food are provided only upon request.
4. No plastic bags are offered for takeout or to-go orders.

In addition to the four required each OFR is to select (at a minimum) of three additional criteria as listed below:

1. Plastic straws are provided only upon request.
2. No beverages are sold in plastic bottles.
3. A discount is offered for customer with reusable cup, mug, bag, etc.
4. Vegetarian/ Vegan food options are offered on a regular basis.
5. All seafood must be a ‘Best Choice’ or ‘Good Alternative’ as defined by Seafood Watch or certified as sustainable.
6. Water conservation efforts, such as low-flow faucets and toilets, are implemented.
7. Energy efficiency efforts, such as LED lighting and Energy Star appliances, are in place.


01 2018