Kenyan business Ocean Sole is flipping the flop from waste to art

Read the full story at Planet Ark.

When talking about ocean plastic pollution, flip-flops (also known as thongs by Aussies) is not something that immediately comes to mind. However, the waste created by tonnes of this type of footwear has a relevant contribution to current plastic ocean pollution and the degradation of marine ecosystems as reported by the UNEP.

The story of Ocean Sole began from the moment Julie Church picked up a flip-flop on Kiwayu Beach in Kenya in the 90’s. Since then, Ocean Sole has gone through a journey where EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) flip-flop soles, are collected from the ocean and turned into pieces of art. This process has not only cleaned up flip-flop pollution from the ocean, but it has also created jobs for locals. They now sell their recycled pieces of art across the world through their “sole mates” distributors that can be found on their website.

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