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Skip The Plastic Recognizes Janna Shoe as a Bag Hero

The Skip the Plastic project of the Surfrider Foundation – Texas Coastal Bend Chapter recognizes community members and businesses that set a positive example by making the shift to reusable shopping bags or other alternatives to single-use plastic bags.  

Our September Bag Hero is Janna Shoe.  Janna shared with us that, “When the reusable bags first came, I purchased them to reduce my own plastic bag use.  Since then, I have purchased many more and received free ones too. My favorite one is my HEB Bevo bag fan gift from a UT football game. I use it for grocery trips, outdoor events, or just about anything. I would encourage everyone to Skip the Plastic, so we don’t continue to see plastic bags on our beaches, tumbling down a street, or stuck in between tree limbs. I knew back in the 80s plastic bags may be convenient, but they’re a threat to our environment.”

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to remember that it is still safe to use reusable shopping bags.  Just be sure to wash and disinfect them along with everything else you touch frequently.

We would like to thank Janna and everyone who is taking responsibility to reduce plastic pollution on land and in our oceans by skipping the plastic.  Your efforts are making a difference!

For more information visit http://skiptheplastic.surfrider.org or call 361-413-3791.

The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

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09 2020

Skip the Plastic Recognizes The Hernandez Family as Bag Heroes

The Skip the Plastic project of the Surfrider Foundation – Texas Coastal Bend Chapter recognizes community members and businesses that set a positive example by making the shift to reusable shopping bags or other alternatives to single-use plastic bags.

Our August Bag Heroes are Beto and Gracie Hernandez and their children, Mia and Joaquin. They made the shift a couple years ago to using reusable shopping bags as an alternative to single use plastics. Gracie shared with us that, “Our family made the shift because we feel it is important to teach our children (and ourselves) the positive impact a small change like this can have on our environment. It’s made our family a little more conscious and even led us to replacing our plastic food storage containers with more eco-friendly varieties.”

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to remember that it is still safe to use reusable shopping bags. Just be sure to wash and disinfect them along with everything else you touch frequently.

We would like to thank the Hernandez Family and everyone who is taking responsibility to reduce plastic pollution on land and in our oceans by skipping the plastic. Your efforts are making a difference!

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08 2020

Skip the Plastic Recognizes Madeline Smith as a Bag Hero

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – The Skip the Plastic project of the Surfrider Foundation – Texas Coastal Bend Chapter recognizes community members and businesses that set a positive example by making the shift to reusable shopping bags or other alternatives to single-use plastic bags.

Our July Bag Hero is Madelne Smith, a local, vegan student pilot who loves to salsa dance! We ran into Madeline while she was shopping at one of our local stores. She said, “I think it is important to use reusable bags because it is our responsibility to be good stewards of our planet. I believe in service to others and when we take care of the planet, we are helping to take care of those who can’t escape the growing number of climate change issues.” She also shared with us that, “I think no act is too small and bringing a reusable bag or changing one meal a day can make a huge impact.”

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to remember that it is still safe to use reusable shopping bags. Just be sure to wash and disinfect them along with everything else you touch frequently.

We would like to thank Madeline and everyone who is taking responsibility to reduce plastic pollution on land and in our oceans by skipping the plastic. Your efforts are making a difference!

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07 2020

Super Summer Volunteers

A big shout out and thank you to our Super Summer Volunteers who conducted a Nurdle Patrol survey this past weekend!

Jordan Rodriguez, Jessica Palitza and Lucy Miller are the Coastal Bend’s Surfrider Chapter volunteers this summer. They are working hard on storm drain markings as well as Nurdle surveys. This coming week, they will continue their learning with Jace Tunnell from the Reserve at UTMSI.

This past weekend, near Bob Hall Pier, they collected over 350 nurdles! Whoa!! They also conducted a beach cleanup while they were out there.

Thank you Jordan, Jessica and Lucy!

(Jordan and Lucy pictured…Jessica was taking the pic!)

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06 2020

Skip the Plastic Recognizes David Kozowski as a Bag Hero!

The Skip the Plastic project of the Surfrider Foundation – Texas Coastal Bend Chapter recognizes community members and businesses that set a positive example by making the shift to reusable shopping bags or other alternatives to single-use plastic bags.

Our June Bag Hero is David Kozowski, a local real estate appraiser who moved here this past year from San Antonio. He told us that he enjoys living near the bay and being outdoors. David also shared with us that, “I use reusable bags all the time. Or, I ask for no bag at all. Using plastic bags seems like such a waste. A plastic bag goes through a long process of being made and shipped and then it gets used for minutes before it is thrown away.”

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to remember that it is still safe to use reusable shopping bags. Just be sure to wash and disinfect them along with everything else you touch frequently.

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06 2020

Skip the Plastic recognizes Eric and Evelyn Ehrlich as Bag Heroes!

The Skip the Plastic project of the Surfrider Foundation – Texas Coastal Bend Chapter recognizes community members and businesses that set a positive example by making the shift to reusable shopping bags or other alternatives to single-use plastic bags.

Our May Bag Heroes are Eric Ehrlich and his daughter, Evelyn. Eric is a Park Ranger and Interpreter at Mustang Island State Park. Eric told us, “I use reusable grocery bags because they are so durable, and you can fit so much stuff in them… like a 6-year-old! But seriously, as a park ranger I see sick and injured wildlife all too often and those wayward grocery bags can really ruin the landscape aesthetic.”

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.

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to remember that it is still safe to use reusable shopping bags. Just be sure to wash and disinfect them along with everything else you touch frequently.

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05 2020

Hello everyone! As I am sure you are aware, tomorrow is Earth Day 2020. Here is something you can do to help Earth!

Story of Plastic Watch Party & Panel Discussion

Surfrider is hosting a national screening that is open to everyone. The free screening will air Thursday, April 23rd at 7pm Eastern time (6pm Central time).

Registration Required (and follow the link to learn more about Story of Plastic) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-story-of-plastic-surfrider…

Immediately following the designated screening time, Jennie Romer and Rachael Coccia (Plastics Staff at Surfrider) will be available for a 30 minute discussion/Q&A session about the film via Zoom. This will start approximately at 8:30 eastern. A Zoom link will be sent to those who register.

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04 2020

Our Bag Heroes for April

(From Left to Right) Diego Newstead and David Newstead

The Skip the Plastic project of the Surfrider Foundation – Texas Coastal Bend Chapter recognizes community members and businesses that set a positive example by making the shift to reusable shopping bags or other alternatives to single-use plastic bags.

Our April Bag Heroes are David Newstead and his son, Diego. David shared with us that, “As a wildlife biologist, I see the effects of plastic on the environment every day, and it’s a constant reminder to reduce plastic use as much as possible. Whenever I leave the house and think of the Adam Sandler song ‘Phone, wallet, keys,’ I add ‘bags.’ I also make decisions about places to eat and things I buy based on the packaging and containers. If the community demands it, restaurants and producers will come around.”

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.

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to remember that it is still safe to use reusable shopping bags. Just be sure to wash and disinfect them along with everything else you touch frequently.

coastalbend.surfrider.org I facebook.com/skiptheplastic

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04 2020

Our Bag Heroes for March

(From Left to Right) Stella Carrillo and Teresa Carrillo

The Skip the Plastic project of the Surfrider Foundation – Texas Coastal Bend Chapter recognizes community members and businesses that set a positive example by making the shift to reusable shopping bags or other alternatives to single-use plastic bags.  

Our March Bag Heroes are Teresa Carrillo and Stella Carrillo. Teresa works at the Center for Coastal Studies, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi on projects that bring community stakeholders together to improve water quality in Corpus Christi Bay and the Oso Creek watershed. Teresa’s granddaughter, Stella, is 9-years old and a third grader at Incarnate Word Elementary. 

Teresa shared with us that, “I feel like I am doing one small thing to help prevent plastic pollution by choosing reusable grocery bags instead of using disposable plastic ones. Choosing reusable bags is something everyone can do. It’s easy, and it truly makes a difference. Keeping the landscape and bay waters plastic-bag free is a goal we can all support. My whole family feels the same way! Including Stella.”  Stella commented that she uses reusable bags, “because plastic bags aren’t good for the environment.”

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.

coastalbend.surfrider.org I facebook.com/skiptheplastic

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03 2020

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