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Coastal Watch to debut new BOYB bags at festival

By Staff | Feb 10, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club members Holly Dunn and Joyce Matthys display Coastal Watch's new reusable canvas bags, along with this year's Annual Sanibel Shell Festival T-shirts.

Coastal Watch will debut its new round of reusable canvas bags, utilized for its Bring Your Own Bag initiative, at the 83rd Annual Sanibel Shell Festival on March 5-7 at The Community House on Sanibel.

The BYOB initiative is designed to reduce the use of disposable bags on the islands and educate locals and visitors about the harm plastic bags cause to the environment. Free reusable canvas bags are distributed at events and stores throughout the islands. To date, over 20,000 bags have been distributed.

Coastal Watch has continued its partnership with Haitian company Deux mains. Deux mains produces ethical fashion collections and employs Haitian artisans to not only make something valuable for others, but a meaningful life for themselves. All raw materials for the new bags were sourced in Haiti, crafted by local artisans, and they were manufactured in a factory that is 100 percent solar powered.

Coastal Watch offered thanks Bailey’s General Store, Dan Hahn Custom Builders, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, Sanibel Design Center, Sanibel Moorings, Sanibel Sea School, Sanibel Siesta, Soon Come, MacIntosh Books and Paper, Traders T2, Sundial Beach Resort and Spa and the Brooks Family for their sponsorship of the BYOB initiative.

The longest-running shell show in the United States, the Sanibel festival will feature shells, shell art, live mollusk tanks, crafts and books for sale, and judged artistic and scientific exhibits. Last year’s ribbon winners came from four different countries, and 60 different cities throughout the United States. The profits from the festival are distributed in the form of grants or scholarships by the Rotary Club.

For more information about Coastal Watch, visit sancapcoastalwatch.org.