Pictured left is Lauren Regan, right is Jenny Ostroth
The University of Wisconsin Hoofer Sailing club had a recurring problem, what to do with old, worn out sails. But, an idea from fellow students has turned the old sails into tote bags.
The Sailing Club partnered with the UW-Madison Design Studies Department in the School of Human Ecology.
In an independent study class, design students got one degree of credit to create new uses for old sails. They formally presented their designs to Hoofer Sailing Club Head of Instruction Tom Barry last spring.
"Out of all of the innovative designs we had to choose the most versatile one," said Barry. "We chose the tote bag because it is big, easy to produce and works great as a reusable grocery bag."