Day Without a Bag Events

Santa Barbara, CA December 17 & 19, 2009, Santa Barbara environmental leaders: Santa Barbara High School’s Don’s Net Café ROP, Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, The Santa Barbara Surfrider Foundation, Art From Scrap, Ty Warner Sea Center, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and the “Where’s Your Bag?” campaign are collaborating to promote local environmental change with awareness events to celebrate “A Day Without A Bag”. In its third year, “A Day Without A Bag” is a statewide campaign to raise awareness about the environmental impacts of disposable bags and educate shoppers to adopt a more sustainable habit- using reusable bags every time they shop. With the help of local businesses, city government entities, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and community members of all ages, we are working together to spread the word about the environmental effects of single-use bags.

Andrea in a Bag Monster costum

SANTA BARBARA, CA - Thursday, December 17th, 2009 - Reusable bags aren’t just for the grocery store! Stop by one of our tables on State Street near the Paseo Nuevo shopping center from 3 to 5pm for a free reusable bag.

SANTA BARBARA and VENTURA, CA - Saturday, December 19th, 2009- Join us for a
holiday celebration in support of the environment. Help us celebrate at three locations featuring bag monsters, fun activities, and environmental education. Art From Scrap will be featured at the Santa Barbara Swap Meet teaching everyone how to make their own reusable bag!.

• 7-3pm Santa Barbara High School Swap Meet, 700 East Anapamu St.
• 7-3pm Swap Meet of Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Rd. Ventura, CA
• 11 – 3pm Ty Warner Sea Center, 211 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties are coastal communities that share a common concern about the health of our oceans and beaches. With plastic pollution on the rise, we need your help to minimize our impact and create a healthy, sustainable environment that we can all enjoy. Join us in giving a holiday gift to the environment by spreading the word about what you can do to “green” your habits and make a positive impact on our oceans!

About Don’s Net Café
Don’s Net Café is a student run non-profit organization that pioneers new business models of responsible entrepreneurship through ethonomics. The virtual enterprise students inspire realizations for individuals to create positive social and environmental change through ethical commerce and service. Services include tax filing services for low income families, cell phone recycling, printing services and healthy snack sales.

About Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society (OFS)
Ocean Futures Society (OFS) is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. With the motto, “Protect the ocean and you protect yourself.” The mission of OFS is to explore our global ocean, inspiring and educating people throughout the world to act responsibly for its protection, documenting the critical connection between humanity and nature, and celebrating the ocean's vital importance to the survival of all life on our planet. OFS is based in Santa Barbara, California, with offices in Paris, France Lucca, Italy, and São Paulo, Brasil. For more information, visit Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society at

About Santa Barbara Channelkeeper
Santa Barbara Channelkeeper works to protect and restore the Santa Barbara Channel and its watersheds through citizen action, education, field work and enforcement.

About Surfrider Foundation, Santa Barbara Chapter
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research, and education. Represented by over 60,000 members and 70 local chapters in the U.S., Surfrider Foundation is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2009.

“One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu - the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can't exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can't be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality - Ubuntu - you are known for your generosity.” - Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Contacts for Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society and “Day Without A Bag” events: Andrea Neal, “Day Without A Bag” Event Coordinator (626) 808-8737,