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Our Bag Hero for February

Kristin Evans works as the Education Coordinator at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute and Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve in Port Aransas. We happened to catch her while she was loading her groceries into her car at Sprouts.

Reusable bags are nothing new to Kristin: “I don’t go anywhere without my reusable bags! I’m happy to say I picked up the habit many years ago, and am thankful I can haul all my groceries (and other goodies) without the extra plastic.”

Reducing our consumption of disposable plastics is paramount to the health of the Gulf and local bays, and reusable bags are a great place to start.

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02 2020

December Bag Hero

Say hi to our December Bag Hero, Jon Brandt. After working for 35 years as a geoscientist for the state of Texas, Jon and his wife, Cheryl, moved from Austin to Corpus Christi to enjoy the beach and surf.

Jon, says, “We’ve been using reusable grocery bags for around 10 years. They’re stronger and hold more items than the single-use bags the stores give out, and our insulated bags are great for refrigerated and frozen foods.”

Like many people who have made the switch to reusable bags to reduce their plastic footprint, Jon and his wife have come to appreciate how practical they are. Bringing your own bags can help make life a little easier while also helping our coastal environment.

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12 2019

Liz Romo and Vinnie Van Puyvelde – November Bag Heroes

Liz and Vinnie met when they moved to Corpus Christi to attend TAMU-CC and compete on the Islanders cross-country and track and field teams. One of the many things they enjoy about running is being out in nature. When they began running around town, they noticed a lot of trash in the streets. They said to each other, “We can make a difference if we recycle and start using reusable bags. It’s never too late to start making a difference.”

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11 2019

Our October Bag Hero

We met our October Bag Hero, Dr. Belén Palos Tuley, as she was pushing her groceries out to her car. When we asked why she brings her own reusable shopping bags, she answered, “I want to do my part to help protect the environment, not only for the present but also for future generations.” An act as simple as bringing reusable bags to the store can make us all heroes to future generations.

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10 2019

September Bag Heroes

Our September Bag Heroes are Holly Thomas and Jacque Hamilton, two members of our Surfrider Foundation chapter. While chatting about reusable bags at a recent meeting, they pulled out the bags that they both carry in their purses to show everyone. Since the bags are made with integrated stuff pouches, they fit easily inside a pocket, purse or backpack and are ready to use in seconds.

As Holly and Jacque show, everyone can have a reusable bag handy when they need it. “We’ve learned a lot about plastic pollution in the Surfrider Foundation and are always looking for ways to improve our environmental stewardship. By carrying these compact pop-out bags, we can easily skip the plastic bags on any store errand.”

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09 2019

Plastics industry accounts for one-fourth of Houston-area industrial air pollution, report finds

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09 2019

Our August Bag Heroes – the Zamora Family

Say hi to our August Bag Heroes, the Zamora family. With two young boys, Joseph and Kimberlee want to teach them that doing something simple like bringing their own bags can contribute to a positive impact in our community.

Kimberlee says, “We love using reusable bags because keeping the Earth clean is important to us. Plastic bags can end up all over the city and in our ocean harming fishes, birds, and other animals. It’s also important for us to show our sons the difference we can make in reducing pollution. We remind them that even though they are little, they can make a big difference in this world.”

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08 2019

July Bag Heroes!

Our July Bag Heroes, Morgan Stone and Madeline Waterhouse, are Environmental Studies majors at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and Southwestern University. They currently helping our Surfrider Foundation chapter as summer interns.

“We love reusable bags because they’re an easy way to be sustainable and encourage normalization of other reusable products like silverware and straws while also sending a message to those around us about the consciousness of the planet. And they save us money since some local businesses like Threads have a BYOBag discount.”

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07 2019

Our June Bag Hero


Sarah is an artist who splits her time between Port Aransas and the Outer Banks in North Carolina.  She’s also member of the Port Aransas Conservancy, which is currently fighting industrial growth on Harbor Island across the channel from the town’s waterfront.

When Port Aransas passed a plastic bag ban in 2014, Sarah was already in the habit of bringing her own bags to the grocery store, “When I carry my bags into the store, I feel empowered, like I’m doing something good for the environment.”  Even though Port Aransas was later forced by the state to rescind their ban, residents like Sarah saw the improvements it made, and continue bringing their own bags when heading to the store. 

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06 2019

May Bag Hero – Ryan Turner

Our Bag Hero for May is Ryan Turner. When he’s not working as a geologist, Ryan can often be found surfing around Packery Channel on North Padre Island.

“I love sea turtles, surfing and the environment. I’ve seen the effects plastic bags have on the environment and I know how easy it is to use reusable bags. So I’m turning to reusable bags and spreading the word that reusable bags are SUPER COOL!”

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05 2019