A big thanks to YOU - SOS advocates, Members, Supporters, Stewards, volunteers and partners - for protecting our ocean for future generations. By making the Santa Cruz County ban on single-use plastic bags possible, you have taken us one step closer to clean oceans and healthy communities around Monterey Bay.
On March 20, the bag ban took full effect for all retail stores and markets in unincorporated Santa Cruz County. Restaurants are exempt, for now, and you will still see plastic bags distributed within city limits of incorporated Santa Cruz, Capitola, Watsonville, and Scotts Valley.
Which is why we need you to bring your reusable bags, bottles, utensils, and more with you - everywhere you go!
It's up to each and every one of us to do our part to protect marine life and cleanup our communities. Why? Because we don't want oceans, ecosystems, rivers, lakes, and communities constantly plagued by plastic pollution!
On March 20, Save Our Shores celebrated Santa Cruz County's long-awaited plastic bag ban by handing out over 1,000 FREE reusable bags and talking to community members about the importance of protecting our ocean through making ocean-minded decisions when we head to the store, market, or restaurant.
Read more about this important step toward plastic-free oceans and communities...
Check out these great photos by Melissa Schott...
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- And what was just voted Monterey Weekly's "Best Eco-Trend"? The Plastic Bag Ban.