Rhinos, Elephants and Warthogs! Oh My!
“We know that what we’re doing is not all that’s required, but Ocean Sole is doing whatever we can do to serve the environment.”Joe Mwakiremba, International Sales Manager, Ocean Sole
Have you heard of Ocean Sole yet? Well hang onto your flip-flops because this company is doing amazing work.
Similar to Norwex Movement partner The Washed Ashore Project, Ocean Sole is focused on turning beach trash into attention-getting works of art—but with a small difference.
Kenya-based Ocean Sole collects only one kind of beach debris for its masterpieces: they harvest washed-up flip-flops—some 400,000 of them a year—to create elephants, giraffes, rhinos and other animals of the African savannah, as well as household items. The items they make are then sold to customers around the world.
Check out this video for a glimpse behind the scenes and to learn why flip-flops are the perfect material for this enterprising company that believes in “trade, not aid.”
Flip flops are ubiquitous, cheap and they’re washing up on beaches everywhere. For one Kenyan company, that spelled business opportunity.
Posted by AJ+ on Saturday, August 26, 2017
- In addition to collecting and processing over 1,000 tons of flip-flops since 2005, Ocean Sole has a foundation that funds other recycling and environmental awareness projects.
- Kenya has the fifth highest unemployment rate in the world, about 40% of the population is unemployed. In Nairobi alone, Ocean Sole has brought work to about 100 people, and the company is still growing.
- By using flip-flops as the base material for carvings that are popular among tourists, the logging of tropical timber in Kenya has been reduced.
- Ocean Sole
- Washed Ashore – Art To Save The Sea
- AJ+ – Flip flops are ubiquitous, cheap and they’re washing up on…
- About Ocean Sole – Nic&Mic: Ocean Sole flip-flop art from Kenya
- Julie Church from the Ocean Sole Foundation on Vimeo