From Trash to Treasure: Turning Old Clothes into Earth Day Tote Bags

Did you know that  first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, as a response to growing concerns about pollution and environmental degradation? Since then, it has become a global event, with millions of people coming together to participate in events, activities, and initiatives aimed at promoting environmental awareness and sustainability

On April 21st, 2023, the US Embassy  Ghana  and  Mobile Web Ghana hosted a special Earth Day event in collaboration with Reusable Bags GH Company. The event brought together students from Kwabenya Senior High School, Ghana Education Service officers, and teachers to celebrate Earth Day and learn about sustainable living. The program was aimed at raising awareness about the impact of plastic waste and offering a sustainable solution to reduce its use.


The participants were taken through an interactive discussion on the problem of plastic waste and the importance of adopting sustainable practices. They were introduced to the 7 Rs of sustainability: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink, Refuse, Repair, and Repurpose. The discussion also highlighted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role individuals can play in achieving them


Following the discussion, the participants were taught how to create their own tote bags from old t-shirts. This was a creative and fun way to promote sustainable living and reduce the use of plastic bags. The team from Reusable Bags GH Company provided guidance and support to the participants as they designed and created their own tote bags.

The participants were enthusiastic about the activity and showcased their tote bag designs at the end of the session. It was inspiring to see their creativity and commitment to sustainability.

The event was a great success, and it demonstrated the importance of community engagement in promoting sustainable living. By creating their own tote bags, the participants gained practical skills that they can use to promote sustainability in their daily lives. They also learned about the impact of plastic waste on the environment and the importance of taking action to reduce it.

The partners of American Corner Agbogba are committed to promoting sustainable practices and will continue to organize events and activities that raise awareness about environmental issues. We appreciate the efforts of Reusable Bags GH Company in facilitating this event, and we encourage everyone to adopt sustainable practices and join us in protecting our planet.