From Spring of 2007 to present, Save Our Shores volunteers have removed over 39,800 plastic bags from local beaches and rivers. The fight to protect our ocean and communities has only just begun and we need your help. 

Despite our best efforts, countless plastic bags have made their way into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Plastic is not biodegradable, rarely recycled, made of toxic chemicals and petroleum, and is a product of mere convenience. In the marine environment, plastic wreaks havoc on marine life. It breaks down into smaller and smaller particles that absorb toxic chemicals, are ingested by wildlife, and enter the food chain.

Communities free of plastic bags lead to healthier oceans and rivers free of plastic pollution. Save Our Shores is leading the grassroots effort to protect marine life and clean up coastal communities. Save Our Shores is continually pushing for bag bans around the Sanctuary while helping local shoppers with the transition by handing out thousands of free reusable bags.

Plastic bag bans help preserve the integrity of our local ecosystems, reduce the burden on landfills, and cut back litter in our communities. They help prevent pollution, save taxpayer dollars, and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.  Please sign the petition asking the Monterey County Supervisors to ban plastic bags to protect marine life.

Did you know?

  • One reusable bag has the potential to replace over 500 single-use plastic bags a year!
  • Reusable bags reduce litter, conserve natural resources, and often support green businesses.
  • Of the plastic bags collected at curbside, only 4% are recycled, the rest wind up in our landfills, oceans, and communites.
  • Many cities no longer even collect plastic bags at curbside recycling because these plastic bags clog and jam recycling machinery! The City of San Jose estimates the cost of fixing these jams at $1 million a year.
  • Paper bags are also problematic. It takes 14 million trees each year in the US to produce a 1 year-supply of paper bags for retail use. The answer is: GO REUSABLE! REFUSE disposable plastics! 

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