Coastal Watch Reusable Bags To Be Used at Sanibel Shell Festival

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Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club members Holly Dunn and Joyce Matthys display Sanibel Shell Festival t-shirts and Coastal Watch reusable canvas bags.

Coastal Watch’s Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) initiative is designed to reduce the use of disposable bags on our islands and educate locals and visitors about the harm plastic bags cause to our environment. Free reusable canvas bags are distributed at events and stores throughout the island. 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 bags were sourced in Haiti, crafted by local Haitian artisans, and were manufactured in a factory that is 100% solar powered.

This new round of bags will make their public debut at the 83rd Annual Sanibel Shell Festival on Thursday, March 5th to Saturday, March 7th at the Sanibel Community House. This event will feature shells, shell art, live mollusk tanks, crafts and books for sale, and judged artistic and scientific exhibits.

The Sanibel Shell Festival is the longest-running shell show in the United States. Last year’s ribbon winners came from 4 different countries, and 60 different cities throughout the United States. All profits from the Sanibel Shell Festival are distributed in the form of grants or scholarships.

Coastal Watch would like to thank Bailey’s General Store, Dan Hahn Custom Builders, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation), Sanibel Design Center, Sanibel Moorings, Sanibel Sea School, Sanibel Siesta, Soon Come, Inc., MacIntosh Books & Paper, Traders “T2”, Sundial Beach Resort and Spa, and The Brooks Family for their sponsorship of the BYOB initiative.

Coastal Watch creates and implement conservation initiatives that promote and improve the future of marine resources and, our coastal heritage. For more information about Coastal Watch, please visit or contact

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