Roving Reporter | "Skip The Plastic Recognizes WWN Rockport as ‘Bag Hero’"

"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 October, our Bag Hero is WWN Rockport, an online newsletter with a large readership in the Rockport-Fulton community. In July of this year, the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce recognized WWN Rockport as Business of the Month.

Alicia, WWN Webmaster & Owner, says, "Often times in Rockport-Fulton, it's not only WHY we need to 'reduce, reuse and recycle,' it's HOW and WHERE. At the WWN, with support from organizations like Skip the Plastic, we have made a concerted effort to disseminate environmentally-minded information to the community through how-to tutorials, recycling specifics, organization info, lecture/meeting notifications and more. When folks are empowered with local information, they are able to make more eco-friendly choices in their day to day lives.

When we live in such a wildlife-centric area, it is imperative that we are all mindful of how our actions affect our natural environment. It may seem like a small thing to use a reusable bag, but if we all make small choices we will make one BIG difference!"

Barbara Gurtner, WWN Founder adds, “When I first began taking reusable bags into stores, I never knew how many to take. How much shopping am I going to do? A friend solved the dilemma by telling me how she does it. She keeps one large bag filled with all her other bags and carries them with her. When standing in the check-out line, if she sees the people next to her don’t have reusable bags, she gives them one or more from her collection. This way she eliminates single use plastic bags from landfills and roadsides not only for herself and new friends, but for countless times in the future. Thank you, Patty, for a great example of ‘Paying it Forward.’ I now do this every time I shop.”

Previous Bag Heroes include Joan & Scott Holt, A.P. “Freddy” Ramirez, Jace Tunnell, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mary Beth Maxwell, Rae Mooney, Jean Payne, Weldon Lucas, Shelia Rogers, Barbi Leo, Stephanie Martinez, Aislynn Campbell, the team at the Texas Sealife Center, Casey Lain, Jennifer Reid, Daniela Sanchez, Jeff Francis, Lisa James, John Keller, Mayor Nelda Martinez, Ryan Chiasson, Tony Amos and former Mayor Joe Adame.

For more information visit http://skiptheplastic.org or call 361-765-4445."
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