Roving Reporter | "Skip The Plastic Recognizes Jean Payne as ‘Bag Hero’"

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The Bag Hero Program is a campaign to educate and encourage the use of reusable shopping bags in the Coastal Bend. We recognize community members who set a positive example by bringing reusable bags when shopping for groceries or other goods.

For the month of March, our Bag Hero is Jean Payne, a Skip the Plastic Rockport/Fulton team member. Jean and others in Skip the Plastic Rockport/Fulton have been working with government officials and other local groups to reduce the number of plastic bags and that spoil the scenery in areas frequented by tourists and harm marine life. To date, they’ve received a resolution of support from the Aransas County Commissioners and have enlisted six organizations as Skip the Plastic Partners.

Jean loves the outdoors. When she goes to the beach, she carries her snacks, drinks, blanket, sunscreen and book in a cloth bag that doubles as an insulated market bag for grocery shopping. The only single-use plastic bags she comes in contact with are the ones she picks up when picking up trash on the beach.

Previous Bag Heroes include Weldon Lucas, artist Shelia Rogers, Barbi Leo, KSAB-FM Morning Show radio personality and KIII TV3 Domingo Live TV Show co-host, Stephanie Martinez, a student at the Aveda Institute, Aislynn Campbell of GROW Local STX, the team at the Texas Sealife Center, Casey Lain with the House of Rock, Threads resale shop owner Jennifer Reid, KORO-TV News Anchor/Reporter Daniela Sanchez, marine biologist Jeff Francis, mom Lisa James, fireman John Keller, Mayor Nelda Martinez, Ice Rays player Ryan Chiasson, Tony Amos of the ARK (Animal Rehabilitation Keep) and former Mayor Joe Adame.

Partners in the Bag Hero Program include: Coastal Bend Surfrider Foundation, Skip the Plastic and the Coastal Bend Green Team.

For more information visit or call (361)765-4445.

The WWN is a proud partner of Skip the Plastic.

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