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 or call 361-765-4445."
The WWN is a proud partner of Skip the Plastic.


  1. What a wonderful surprise and honor. Thank you to the wonderful folks at Skip the Plastic who work so tirelessly for this important cause! We appreciate you and all your hard work!

  2. Humane Society and Adoption Center of Rockport-Fulton10/02/2014

    The Humane Society would like to put out a request for those reusable bags that you don't use. We send food/toys/blankets home with our adoptees and would love to be able to not use plastic bags for that purpose.

    1. Also....There's a wonderful DIY post on how to make bags out of old t-shirts. If there are a few sewing savvy volunteers that might be something to consider as well! :) Click the name on this comment for the tutorial link.

  3. Elke Draths Davis10/06/2014

    It has always been in Germany like that, you always brought your container when you shop. When you check groceries out, nobody bags them for you, they go back in the buggy, after you paid for them it is up to you what you do with them LOL . Most grocery stores have their boxes up front past the registers and you are welcome to use them, or a lot of people just push their buggies to their cars and they have either bags or baskets in their trunks and transfer the loose groceries into them. After that you take your buggy back to the front of the store, line them up with the others and get your money back as you lock them in. Costs $1 to get the buggy and you get it back unless you leave your buggy on the parking lot. You never see loose buggies on the parking lot, if anybody is ever to lazy to bring them back, the first customer that sees it will use it and then get $1 back . If you did not come prepared they do sell the bags at around 15 cents. Pretty neat set up really. Stores do not have to buy many plastic bags and the once they do buy they make money on. Store does not have to crush boxes and get rid of them. And you do not need to pay anybody to get the buggies back to the store.


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