One Hundred Miles Launches the Tybee Beach Bag Pledge –

For Immediate Release: One Hundred Miles Launch Event

Final Draft Tybee Beach Bag Pledge

One Hundred Miles

When: Wednesday, August 31st at 2:00 pm

Where: In front of the Tybee Island Lighthouse

30 Meddin Drive, Tybee Island, GA 

Citizens and media representatives are invited to attend the launch of the Tybee Beach Bag Pledge, an exciting new program that encourages local businesses to utilize reusable bags in place of single-use plastics. The launch event will include remarks from The Tybee Island Mayor’s Office, One Hundred Miles, and the Surfrider Foundation’s Georgia Chapter.

It is estimated that one trillion single-use plastic bags are used and discarded each year across the globe. These bags often wind up in our oceans, rivers and lakes. According to a 2016 study by the World Economic Forum, if we keep producing and failing to properly dispose of plastics at predicted rates, plastics will outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050. Once plastic bags make their way into our waterways, they pose a significant threat to marine life: more than one million shorebirds, marine mammals, and other wildlife are killed by plastics every year. Unsightly litter, like plastic bags, also has a negative impact on the quality of our communities and coastal tourism. Research shows clean beaches are a top priority for travelers choosing vacation destinations.

In response to the growing problem of plastics on our coast, Tybee Island community members have partnered with One Hundred Miles and others to help local businesses reduce their dependence on single-use plastics. By taking a simple pledge to offer reusable bags, Tybee business leaders are protecting coastal Georgia’s water, wildlife, and landscapes. To kick off the Beach Bag Pledge, One Hundred Miles and ten other sponsors are donating 10,000 reusable shopping totes to businesses who pledge to offer the bags as an alternative to plastic. The launch will include recognition of pledge participants and brief remarks on the history and goals of the program. The event is free and open to the public.

We are grateful to the sponsors who made the Tybee Beach Bag Pledge possible:

Blue Footed Timing, Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB), Project Georgia Conservancy, Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, GreenLaw, Mermaid Cottages, Ogeechee River Keeper, Southern Environmental Law Center, UGA Marine Extension, and Georgia Sea Grant Surfrider Foundation Georgia Chapter

About One Hundred Miles: One Hundred Miles is a 501(c)3 coastal advocacy organization with a mission of protecting, preserving, and enhancing the 100-mile Georgia coast. Led by six dedicated staff members and a committed, nine-member Board of Directors, One Hundred Miles has offices in Brunswick and Savannah and conducts advocacy, coalition building, and public education throughout the state. One Hundred Miles focuses on core issues of water and wetlands, land use, changing climate, and wildlife.

For more information on the Tybee Beach Bag Pledge, please visit: One Hundred Miles

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