There is an overabundance of cheap plastic flip flops in this world. Enough of an overabundance that the coastline in Kenya is apparently littered with flip flops that people kicked off and never bothered to retrieve. Littered with so many, in fact, that an entire business has sprung up around plucking them out of the coastline and having local artisans turn them into works of animal art.
The business is called Ocean Sole, and they’ve partnered up with The Sarut Group, which collects novelties from all over the globe, to sell their former flip flop products. The plastic from the flip flops is repurposed, and the results are beautiful – animal sculptures based on some of Kenya’s own, including giraffes, zebras, elephants, and hippos. They’re vibrant, colorful, and the result of cleaning up Kenya’s miles and miles of coastline.
It’s also a good way to support budding artisans in Kenya, and score some great looking decorations in the process. If you want to go smaller, there are even animal keychains made out of tossed-away flip flops. Otherwise, you can shop for animal statues, which come in small, medium, large, and extra large sizes.