Our March Bag Hero is Carlos Haney of Enlightened Images. Known for his creative work in the local advertising scene, Carlos wears a suit and tie only for special occasions but always brings his reusable bags when he heads to the store.
He explains, “I don’t hate plastic, I hate plastic litter. It’s ugly to me and dangerous to birds and sea life. Reusable bags are an easy solution. If you think it’s a hassle, try digesting a plastic bag and you’ll feel different.“
Our February Bag Heroes are TAMU-CC’s Islander Green Team. Students on the team work to spread environmental awareness in our community and to promote opportunities for other students to become engaged about environmental conservation while striving for social and ecological justice. Islander Green Team members bring their own reusable bags when heading to the store. In their own words, “We choose to skip the plastic because….plastic is unsustainable.”
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We’re pleased to announce our first Bag Hero for 2017, Stacie Talbert Anaya. As Interim Director of Corpus Christi’s Parks & Recreation Department, she works tirelessly to realize the department’s vision of empowering our community to live, learn and play. Whether residents and tourists enjoy walking on the beach, seeing a summer evening concert at Cole Park or strolling through wetlands to watch wildlife and birds in the country’s “Birdiest City”, Stacie knows that their experiences are heightened when the parks are clean and attractive.
Setting a great example for fellow City employees and all Corpus Christi residents, Stacie says, “I carry reusable bags to help promote my favorite non-profits AND to protect our parks, preserves and wildlife from plastic bags.”
Our December Bag Hero is none other than Santa Claus. In his travels from the North Pole to the South Pole, he has seen way too much plastic trash.
He says “I’m making a list, checking it twice. Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice. Be nice and use your reusable shopping bags.”
Our November Bag Hero, Jeff Wilson, is passionate about the coast and hosting fun weekend beach cleanups near Fish Pass. Without any assistance from official cleanup groups, he gathers and inspires volunteers who give their time and pour their sweat into removing tons of trash off the beach. Most of that trash is made of plastic since it does not readily biodegrade, and single-use checkout bags are invariably in the mix.
When asked what motivates him, Jeff says, “We’re all just trying to take care of what we love, and it really drives the point home when you clean up an area and see everything that winds up out in nature. I really encourage people to just do what they can and don’t wait around for someone else to make the world a beautiful place.”