November Bag Heroes

Philippe & Florence Tissot We caught up with our November Bag Heroes, Philippe and Florence Tissot, as they loaded their groceries into their car outside Sprouts. They are avid windsurfers and surfers who moved to Corpus Christi years ago to enjoy the bay and Gulf waters. They use reusable bags mainly for 2 reasons:

“The first one is convenience. It’s a lot easier to deal with 3 well-made and robust reusable bags to carry groceries than 15 flimsy plastic bags that come apart at the worst possible moment. “

“The other reason is that there is nowhere for the plastic bags to go after you use them once. They are not recyclable. Yes, you can take them to the store to be “recycled” but they end up sitting in big piles in warehouses. No one wants to deal with these things. So most of the time, they end up in the environment, or worse, in the ocean.”

Kudos to the Tissots for helping to keep disposable bags out of the ocean!


11 2015

AAF-CC Helps Us to Spread Our Message

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Skip the Plastic recently got a HUGE boost when the American Advertising Federation-Corpus Christi chapter selected our non-profit to receive a complete advertising campaign! During their ONE DAY event last weekend, their professional members and TAMUCC Graphic Arts students created a wide range of impactful billboard, radio, print, TV and Internet ads for us. If that wasn’t enough, they secured $55,000 in media time and publishing so the ads can be shown on TV, broadcast on radio, and printed in local newspapers and magazines!

Thanks to AAF-CC’s generous help, more people will begin to understand the connection between their individual actions and the health of our bays, beaches and the Gulf. Look for the ads to start appearing in March 2016.


10 2015

Ron & Julie Bays are our October Bag Heroes

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We met our October Bag Heroes, Ron and Julie Bays, as they walked to their car after buying groceries at the H-E-B in Flour Bluff. Their reasons for bringing their own reusable shopping bags are simple and concise, “They look nice and you can pack them full without breaking like the plastic ones do. That means you can carry a lot more groceries in fewer bags.”

The Bays live on North Padre Island and enjoy the laidback coastal lifestyle. While their reasons for using reusable bags stem mostly from convenience, it also means that fewer disposable ones can end up littering the Island’s dunes and beaches.

Clean, scenic beaches, not shorelines littered with plastic trash, are what draw people to the Island. We applaud the Bays and all others who have made the shift to a better way of bagging their purchases.


10 2015

September Bag Heroes – Shoreline Sandwich Co.

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When Shoreline Sandwich Co. decided to expand to a second location in the 600 Building on Leopard Street, they decided to go all-in.

In addition to the delicious sandwiches, soups and salads, customers will find:
• Paper bags and cardboard to-go containers instead of plastic bags and Styrofoam.
• A recycling station for customers (employees also recycle containers accumulated during food preparation).
• Repurposed lumber used throughout the restaurant’s contemporary decor. Even the tables were made from former bowling alley lanes.

We congratulate Shoreline Sandwich Co. on its success and its fresh approach to creating a sustainable option to the status quo. Patrons appreciate the healthy food and upbeat dining experience.


09 2015

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08 2015

Ticia Hanisch is our August Bag Hero


Our August Bag Hero, Ticia Hanisch, can often be seen power walking along Ocean Drive. The scenery along Corpus Christi Bay is something we can all appreciate and be proud of. Walking, as opposed to driving, gives a person more time to view and enjoy the scenery as they pass through it.

Ticia’s logic for taking reusable bags to the store is straightforward:

“The reason you use reusable bags is because they’re reusable! You can use them over and over and they don’t end up blowing around and littering our city.”

Sounds like a great reason to us! We applaud Ticia and all the other unsung bag heroes who have made the shift to a better way of bagging their purchases.


08 2015

Really Texas?


Texans for Clean Water has announced their “Really Texas?” photo hunt:

“We’re documenting the problem; and we’ve all seen it. It’s on the side of the road. It’s in your local stream. It’s all over our beaches. It’s scattered throughout our parks and playgrounds. It’s flooding out into the Gulf. Texas is littered with tons of stuff that SHOULD have been recycled, but instead was turned into a costly eyesore. From bottles and cans, to restaurant to-go containers, too many times this recyclable material becomes common litter. Let’s change that! Let’s team up to prevent this Texas tragedy from continuing! Let’s start documenting the problem on social media, and tagging the pictures “Really Texas?”

This is your chance to get involved, and help shine the light on the nature of the problem as it appears in your neck of the woods (or streets, or waterways, or parklands, etc.). If you see an ugly scene that makes you think, “Really Texas?” take a picture, and share it with us. It’s that easy! YOU have the power to make a change; and let’s face it, Texas needs your help. Bottom line, today’s away-from-home land-based litter, becomes tomorrow’s Gulf of Mexico’s marine debris!

Email your pictures to , and please be sure to identify where you took the picture. You can also share your pics on our social media feeds with our hashtag ‪#‎ReallyTexas‬?”


07 2015

World Oceans Day

Today, June 8th, is World Oceans Day, a time to celebrate and honor the ocean, which connects us all.

The Texas State Aquarium is celebrating the day by joining 400 other organizations to reduce plastic trash in the marine environment. This summer, they will conduct a green audit to reduce plastic waste and energy use, and will conduct at least 10 cleanups at North Beach and Packery Channel.

What can YOU do for World Oceans Day? If you haven’t made the change yet, please take the Better Bag Challenge and make the switch to reusable shopping bags.


06 2015

Our June Bag Hero – Gayly Opem

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Our Bag Hero for June is Gayly Opem. As the leader of Skip the Plastic’s Rockport/Fulton team, she sets an example for others by bringing her own bags when shopping. She has a large collection of them in blue, green, red, turquoise, black and white stacked in the backseat of her car and jokes that she likes to color coordinate them with whatever she’s wearing that day. On a more serious note, she says:

“I believe in the power of recognition and positive reinforcement of good behavior. While walking through a store’s parking lot, I look for someone else carrying reusable bags. That person is usually a complete stranger, but I walk over and thank them for using reusable bags. Most look rather startled, but then give me a knowing smile when they see my own reusable bags slung over my arm. Try it sometime. You’ll be surprised at the friends you make.”


06 2015

The Cook Family are Our May Bag Heroes

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Our Bag Heroes for May are Frank, Lili and Marchesa Cook. We met them at the recent World of Water event at the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center.

They’re all natives of Corpus Christi who want their hometown to sparkle again. Bringing their own bags when shopping is one small but important way they make a difference.

“We like going to the beach and know that people come from a lot of other places to visit Corpus Christi’s birding preserves. We need to protect these natural places so that more people can enjoy them.“

Hats off to the Cooks and all the other Bag Hero families!


05 2015