January 23, 2014

Save Our Shores Installs Murals Encouraging Customers to Bring Reusable Bags

Eight Murals Installed in the County of Monterey 

Did you know that Save Our Shores volunteers have collected over 41,000 plastic bags since 2007?  In light of this data, The Central Coast Sanctuary Alliance (CCSA) has been working together with community members and local jurisdictions to pass plastic bag bans along the Central Coast around the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.  Now, the CCSA is pushing for the bag ban in Monterey County to be implemented.  This week, Save Our Shores (SOS) installed murals at eight locations in Monterey County: Whole Foods Market and Nob Hill in the City of Monterey, Nob Hill, Foods Co. and Mi Pueblo in Salinas, Mi Pueblo and Grocery Outlet in Seaside and Grocery Outlet in Marina. These murals are intended to encourage customers to bring their reusable bags for the health of our community and our oceans.  Similar murals were placed in Santa Cruz County last year and have shown a large increase of shoppers bringing their own reusable bags.

SOS worked with the local company, Monterey Signs, who donated the cost of production and installation of the signs.  "We could not have made this project happen without the generosity of our partners at Monterey Signs.  The owner and the staff have greatly supported our efforts in the past to help educate the public about protecting our environment and this is their latest show of support for this important issue.  We hope that more stores in Monterey County will work with us to install these murals. In Santa Cruz, customers of the Safeway in Soquel and Aptos have come in and thanked managers of stores that have them displayed,” says Save Our Shores Executive Director, Laura Kasa.

In order to kick off this outreach effort to help people remember their reusable bags, Sustainable Salinas, a member of the CCSA and Save Our Shores will be handing out free reusable bags at Nob Hill Market in Salinas at 1320 Main Street on January 29th from 3pm to 5pm, one bag per customer while supplies last.

"We just want to get people in the habit of bringing a reusable bag because it makes so much sense, and Sustainable Salinas wants to help people do that,” says Matthew Spiegl, Bring Your Own Bag Campaign Manager for Sustainable Salinas.

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