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DIY Tank Top-to-Tote for Spring Break

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By: Dianna Parker and Asma Mahdi

Clothes and textiles can become marine debris, too, if we don’t dispose of them properly or reuse them in some way. We’re reminded of a story from 2010 where researchers in Seattle found a beached whale in with its stomach full of plastics, other random pieces of trash, and… a pair of sweatpants. That’s right: a pair of pants made it into a whale’s stomach while it was trying to feed.

With spring break happening at schools across the country, there’s an opportunity for crafty Do-It-Yourself students who are hitting the beach to reuse old clothes and keep them out of the ocean. Here’s a quick and fun idea for reusing old tank tops: turn them into beach bags! Just turn it inside out and sew the bottom shut.

Get in the reduce, reuse, recycle, and repurpose spirit with us this spring break season!

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Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

One thought on “DIY Tank Top-to-Tote for Spring Break

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