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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.”

05

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: balloonsblow.org/alternatives/

05

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.

www.shorelinesandwichco.com

05

04 2018

Study Finds Plastic Particles in Leading Brands of Bottled Water

05

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.”

05

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??
https://news.dunkindonuts.com/news/dunkin-donuts-to-eliminate-foam-cups-worldwide-in-2020

08

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.

29

01 2018

Texas Coastal Bend Surfrider Foundation Launches its Ocean Friendly Restaurants Program with a Bang

The Texas Coastal Bend Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation (TXCBC) has launched its new Ocean Friendly Restaurant program, which will highlight local establishments that meet criteria to reduce the use of disposable plastics and promote ocean friendly food choices.

Our first Ocean Friendly Restaurant is the Pepsi Shoreline Grill at the Texas State Aquarium. This represents just one of a series of steps taken by the Aquarium in recent years to eliminate the use of single-use plastics on its premises. The TXCBC is thrilled to partner with the Aquarium and looks forward to signing other Coastal Bend establishments up.

In order to qualify as an Ocean Friendly Restaurant, businesses must meet these 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 criteria, each OFR must select a minimum of three additional criteria 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.

To learn more about the Ocean Friendly Restaurant program and the Surfrider Foundation, please contact:

Christie Irps
Texas Coastal Bend Chapter
Ocean Friendly Restaurants Coordinator
Phone: 361-779-7402
christieirps@att.net
surfrider.org

21

01 2018

Texas Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Laredo Bag Ban

January 11th was an interesting day at the Texas Supreme Court. Laredo’s lawyer, former Texas Supreme Court justice Dale Wainwright skillfully presented the arguments supporting Laredo’s ban. The case seems to hinge on interpretations of whether banning plastic bags equates to “solid waste management” or “source reduction”, which Mr. Wainwright correctly pointed out, aims to reduce the amount of bags handed by retailers out BEFORE they can become a waste. Also, when Texas Health and Safety Code Sec. 361.0961 was written in 1993 (It states “A local government or other political subdivision may not adopt an ordinance, rule, or regulation to prohibit or restrict, for solid waste management purposes, the sale or use of a container or package in a manner not authorized by state law;”) was anyone in Texas even talking about plastic bag bans, or was it really intended to deal with bottles and styrofoam cups? (the latter is true)

It is now up to the justices to decide whether Laredo should retain local control to deal with a major environmental and aesthetic problem as they see fit, or if the State will restrict their home rule and allow the problem to continue.

https://www.texastribune.org/2018/01/11/texas-supreme-court-hears-oral-arguments-plastic-bag-ban-case/

21

01 2018

Texas Supreme Court to Hear Laredo’s Appeal for Their Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban

On January 11th, the Texas Supreme Court will hear the oral arguments in the case about Laredo’s single-use plastic bag ban, and representatives of our Surfrider Foundation chapter will be there to watch and listen.

A wide range of amicus briefs (friend of the court statements) have been filed in support of Laredo’s ability to continue banning plastic bags. The briefs have come from diverse interests such as cities, cotton ginners, recreational fishermen and guides, recycling and compost businesses, a Republican elected official, retailers, a cattleman and environmental organizations: http://www.search.txcourts.gov/Case.aspx?cn=16-0748&coa=cossup

You can watch a live broadcast of the oral arguments starting at 9:50 a.m. or view them later at: http://www.texasbarcle.com/CLE/TSC.asp

We are counting on the judges to understand the need for Texas cities to retain local control to solve problems like those caused by disposable plastic shopping bags.

09

01 2018