Skip the Plastic recognizes Friends of Padre as Cleanup Heroes

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – In January of this year, the Skip the Plastic project of the Surfrider Foundation – Texas Coastal Bend Chapter switched from recognizing community members and businesses that have made the shift to reusable shopping bags to those who go out of their way to clean up
their local park, neighborhood, or their favorite stretch of beach.

Our February Cleanup Heroes are the Friends of Padre. Founded by
renowned fishing guide Billy Sandifer, Friends of Padre holds a giant
cleanup every year at Big Shell Beach in the Padre Island National
Seashore. Since starting in 1995, they have removed 3 million tons of trash
off the beach!

Aaron Baxter with Friends of Padre says “The Big Shell Beach Cleanup is
good for everyone and everything. By removing trash from the beach,
wildlife benefits immensely through a reduction in ingestion and/or
entanglement threats. Also, a clean beach is a beautiful beach. And, it
gives our volunteers a sense of accomplishment and pride in their local
outdoors. When community members from all walks of life share in a
common cause, it brings us all together. Lastly, while we appreciate the
opportunity to showcase Friends of Padre as an organization, we’d like to
point out that our thousands of volunteers are the real Cleanup Heroes.”

To sign up for this year’s cleanup on February 27th, go to