Galveston Bring the Bag Campaign and Beach Clean Up

Galveston Surfrider Foundation has teamed up with the Turtle Island Restoration Network to promote the Bring the Bag campaign, helping the City of Galveston work towards the reduction and elimination of single-use plastic bags in order to create a safer, healthier and cleaner environment.

The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofi t environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans and beaches through conservation, activism, research and education. Turtle Island is a leading advocate for the world’s oceans and marine wildlife.

Did you know?

• Reusable bags eliminate 22,176 single-use bags per person, per life time.
• Plastics do not biodegrade, but instead break down into small particles that persist in the ocean, absorb toxins, and enter our food chain through fi sh, sea birds and other marine life.
• Single-use plastic bags floating in the ocean look like a jellyfish (food) to a sea turtle and can kill the turtle if eaten.
• States spend over $25 million annually to landfill discarded plastic bags, and public agencies spend more than $300 million annually in litter cleanup.

• Single Use bags are a significant source of litter and contribute to flooding by getting stuck in storm drains.

Several Texas cities have already banned single-use plastic bags, including Austin (2012), Brownsville (2010), Port Aransas (2014), Laguna Vista near South Padre Island (2012), and Eagle Pass (2017). A complete list of citywide bag bans by state can be found at BagLaws.com.

Statewide legislation in Texas designed to prohibit and supercede local government bag bans failed to reach a vote in 2011, 2013 and 2015. The Texas Retailers Association has been issuing legal challenges (intent to sue) to cities such as Galveston that are set to vote on an ordinance to ban the bags in an attempt to scare them out of doing so.

By subscribing to the email list at BringTheBag.org you can be kept informed of local efforts to eliminate single use plastic bags in Galveston such as “Bring the Bag” day or distribution of reusable bags.

Opportunities to get involved

March 25: Ocean Discovery Day, 9am-3pm, NOAA Galveston Lab at Fort Crockett, 4700 Avenue U, Galveston. Volunteers are needed to talk with patrons about the effects of single-use plastics and to create reusable bags from T-shirts. Donate old T-Shirts at the Turtle Island Restoration Network offices located at 2228 Broadway.

April 1: Beach Clean-up. Meet at 9am at the Ferry Landing on Bolivar Peninsula.

April 22: Adopt-A-Beach clean-up. Volunteers needed at the information booth passing out literature, giving directions, helping with event set-up and tear-down, and cleaning the Surfrider adopted beach (Ferry Landing on Boliver).

For more information, visit BringTheBag.org, GalvestonSurfrider.com, or SeaTurtles.org. Volunteers call 409-502- 8221 or email btbgalvestontx@gmail.com.

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