CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – The Skip the Plastic project of the Texas Coastal Bend Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation (TXCBC) 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 Michiel Landers. We caught up with her as she was headed out to her car with a cart full of groceries. Aside from doing the right thing for the environment, Michiel’s reasons for bringing her reusable shopping bags to the store are practical ones.
She explained that she has to buy a lot of groceries to feed her family of four. “The reusable bags can hold more items than plastic bags do, so I make fewer trips from the car to the house when I get home. I also like the H-E-B insulated bags that keep hot foods hot and cold ones cold. We even use them as lunch bags for the boys when they go on day trips.”
As Michiel shows, reusable bags can be functional options to disposable plastic ones, adding convenience while preventing plastic bag litter in our bays and the Gulf. Sounds like a win-win to us!
If you have any questions about Skip the Plastic or our Bag Hero program, please reply by email or call the number below,
Neil McQueen / skiptheplastic.surfrider.org / facebook.com/skiptheplastic / http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp6w2IEFDqqPUgy4cQ54NcA / 361-765-4445
Skip the Plastic is a project of the Coastal Bend Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. Our partners include:
City of Corpus Christi Clean City Advisory Committee / City of Corpus Christi Watershore & Beach Advisory Committee / City of Corpus Christi Marina & Marina Advisory Committee / Pride Corpus Christi / Clean Economy Coalition / Corpus Christi Windsurfing Association / North Beach Community Association / Coastal Bend Green Team / Uptown Neighborhood Initiative / Coastal Bend Council of Governments / Coastal Bend Group – Sierra Club / Captain Billy Sandifer and Friends of Padre / UT Marine Science Institute Green Team / Keep Port Aransas Beautiful / Aransas County Commissioners Court / Aransas County Navigation District / The Aquarium at Rockport Harbor / Aransas Bird and Nature Club /Aransas First / Rockport Center for the Arts / Wonderful Women’s Network / Aransas County Coastal Cleanup / SurfPortA.com / Mark Grosse Real Estate / Island Moon Newspaper / Laguna Madre Fly Fishers of Corpus Christi
Surfrider Making Waves on South Texas Beaches
Mar 30, 2018 05:00AM
By: Julieta Hernandez Photos by: Rachel Benavides
Don’t mess with Texas beaches, is the mantra of the Surfrider Foundation, a movement where local surfer activists are able to find their voices. After witnessing the mass plastic pollution plaguing the ocean’s ecosystem, the grassroots organization started bringing attention to the cause through perseverance and direct action.
“(As surfers) we’ve seen a lot of things. We’re actually, literally immersed in the environment,” McQueen says.“That fires us up to want to make change and to change the environment.” The foundation focuses on multiple programs to encourage efforts for a cleaner coast, including its yearly Leo Garza Surf Camp for the Disabled, storm drain cleanups, and beach cleanup programs. The introduction of the Ocean Friendly Restaurant program is one of the newer building blocks the Surfrider Foundation has laid since the inception
“If you’re using less waste when eating, you’ll have less waste on the beaches,” explains Holly Thomas, Outreach Coordinator of the local Surfrider team. This is how the foundation introduces the Ocean Friendly Restaurant program, which aims to “focus on one restaurant, one customer at a time.” This plan calls attention to how restaurant products, such as Styrofoam cups and plastic straws, have begun drastically affecting marine stability.
NEXT CHAPTER MEETING: MONDAY, JULY 30th, 2018 FROM 6-8 PM
LOCATION: 6300 Ocean Drive, Room 1003 Natural Resource Center Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi, TX 78412
TIME: 6:00-8:00 PM
PRESENTATION BY: Deidre Williams over the Packery Channel Monitoring Program
As always soda and pizza will be provided!
*July 1st beach clean up @Newport Pass 10:00AM-?
*July 8th-July 22nd Youth World Sailing Championship, volunteer activities throughout the Coastal Bend make sure to get registered to volunteer!
*July 22nd Donation Based Yoga @ The Gold Fish 6:00-8:00PM
*July 30th Monthly Chapter Meeting @TAMUCC 6:00-8:00PM
The Texas Coastal Bend Surfrider Foundation would like to thank all of our supporters for their generous donations to our annual TXCBC Christmas party/fundraiser held on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. All funds raised go toward supporting our Chapter’s current programs.
Donors listed in alphabetical order:
American Wine Connections
Benjamin’s Surf & Skate
Black Dog Sweets
Gill Landscape Nursery
Harte Research Institute
Island Day Spa
Island Time Sushi
Lorelei Brewing Co.
Pat & George Gardiner
Shelia Rogers Fine Art
Texas State Aquarium
Texas Surf Camps
The Nuss Family
Tropical Fish Haven
Wind & Wave Water Sports