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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.”


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.”


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. 


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!”


05 2019

April Bag Heroes!

Our April Bag Heroes are the members of the Del Mar College Green Team. As young people who want Corpus Christi to continue its path toward sustainability and vibrancy, the students strive “to contribute to the overall quality and cleanliness of our campus and community through conserving energy, reducing pollution and helping the environment.”

With Earth Day coming up on April 6th, the Green Team is celebrating the planet by bringing their own bags when going to the store and, in doing so, helping to move their city forward.


04 2019

March 2019 Trial for Formosa Plastics in Point Comfort, TX


04 2019

March Bag Heroes!

Our March Bag Heroes are the members of the Coastal Bend Audubon Society, who are “committed to conserving, protecting, and promoting the wildlife and habitat of our remarkable little corner of Texas.”

The Coastal Bend is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with species ranging from Least Terns to Whooping Cranes passing through our area. Unfortunately, while studies in the 1960’s showed that only 5% of seabirds had plastic in their stomachs, that percentage increased to 90% by 2018.  Once bird and marine animals eat plastic, they often suffer slow deaths through starvation after the plastics create a false sensation of fullness in their stomachs or block their digestive tracts.  

Our Bag Heroes say, “We like reusable shopping bags because we like our seabirds plastic-free. Let’s keep plastic in its place, not in a seabird’s stomach.”


03 2019

January 2019 Bag Heroes

Our January Bag Heroes are Sierra Quick and her son, Sterling. We met them as they were heading into Sprouts to stock up on groceries.
When asked why she likes reusable shopping bags, Sierra gave several reasons: “I made the switch reusable bags because I got tired of accumulating so many plastic bags and not knowing where they ended up when I put them in the recycling bin at the store.  It’s a step towards protecting our wildlife and benefiting our environment. I also get to set a good example for my son and teach him healthy habits in the process. Then there’s the fact that they’re sturdy enough to carry all my groceries inside in one trip, which is just an added bonus. I keep them in my trunk and take them with me everywhere I go.”


01 2019

David Sikes with the Caller Times – What are nurdles, where do they come from and are they killing our wildlife?


11 2018

Our November Bag Hero

Our November Bag Hero is Dr. Pamela Plotkin, Director of the Texas Sea Grant Program. The program is a collaboration of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the State of Texas and universities across the state, and its mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources.

Dr. Plotkin has worked for decades to improve our understanding of sea turtles and help protect them throughout the world’s oceans. She has also studied pollution and its impact on marine animals.

She states, “There’s a trash pile in the ocean bigger than Texas and plastic bags are a part of this mess. By making small changes in our daily habits, like using only cloth bags when we shop, we can reduce our individual plastic footprint and together we can make a difference for the future our blue planet.”


11 2018