The Carolina Waterfowl Rescue in Charlotte, NC, is using metal clasps from old bra straps others donate to repair the shells of injured sea turtles. The rescue center regularly assists in the recovery of turtles with injuries caused by automobiles, lawnmowers, and boats.
Rescuers have experienced great success with this method of shell repair through a combination of glue, tape, wire, and metal hooks and eyelets from discarded bras.
Once the metal clasps have been attached with adhesive, the broken shell can be wired back together. When it’s time for the turtle to return to the wild, the adhesive is easily removed. Then the clasps pop right off and the shell is good as new.
Here’s how to donate your bra to help injured sea turtles:
Old bra donations can be sent to:
Carolina Waterfowl Rescue
P.O. Box 1484
Indian Trail, NC 28079
They ask that you clip off both ends of the strap and send only the parts with the metal hooks and eyelets attached.