How Flip-Flop Art Helps Clean Kenya's Beaches | World Wide Waste | Business Insider

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    Flip-flops are one of the oldest styles of shoes in the world, and today they are the most popular. We make over 1 billion of them every year, and one company in Kenya turns these old sandals into colorful works of art.
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    How Flip-Flop Art Helps Clean Kenya's Beaches | World Wide Waste | Business Insider

AlexCren1 +2
AlexCren1

My mom brought home a giraffe made by them years ago. It still sits on her desk and I remember her talking about how it was made. She visited the factory and saw them working on other sculptures. So neat to see how that giraffe was made! Not to mention the larger scale sculptures which she could only describe to me. They are so beautiful and well made considering the materials were nothing more than trash hours before.

Wing +241
Wing

I really love this type of business model. It's tackling multiple issues. It's cleaning up the beaches and repurposing material, it's helping the wood carvers pivot to a new job to sustain themselves, it's giving others without the skills a means of earning a living by harvesting the flip flops, it's bringing awareness to damage of purchasing and feeding the demand for foam flip flops.

14 дней назад
Csilla Írisz Kövesdi +433
Csilla Írisz Kövesdi

One of my eyes is crying, the other is laughing. It's sad to see so much garbage, but the ingenuity of these people is fantastic and adorable. I hope the western world will also be able to wake up one day.

28 дней назад
Dana Ns C +194
Dana Ns C

Amazing! We need more projects like this around the world. To bring awareness about the environment to provide jobs to people and to maintain the traditional and also new art going

taytayrex plays +141
taytayrex plays

This honestly makes me so happy, I love the beaches and it sucks to see them all reduced to nothing more than a garbage heap. I’m glad such wonderful people exist to do so many kind hearted things

Siv Ingrid Borgersen +55
Siv Ingrid Borgersen

These sculptures are truly amazing pieces. It's heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. The problem of pollution, and somehow they transformed some of the problem into beauty and artistry.

21 день назад
DragonBornGirl +4
DragonBornGirl

These people are mad talented. I love the Africans who protect their lands and animals from poachers and climate. I would love to see Africa one day but its so big! Sincerely, an Armenian.

Hajar Mai +54
Hajar Mai

they are soo inspiring. they dont even cause the pollution at their beaches but still they feel responsible for that problem and the idea behind it is just great. lots of respect to the workers and artists. i hope i can have one sculpture for myself some day

21 день назад
CryptidTrip +75
CryptidTrip

I have no words for how amazing this is, I'm an artist and seeing how colorful and beautifully sculpted each peace is magical, I wanna buy a small one for my bedroom :)

Eric César Morales +38
Eric César Morales

This is an amazing way to repurpose flip flops. A few years back, I had the opportunity to speak with some of these artists, and they all said that they don't want people to think that they appreciate these flip flops. They would prefer that the flip flops didn't litter their beaches and destroy their environment.

Samantha Oakes +29
Samantha Oakes

I love seeing people working with integrity to make our world a better place. It's very inspiring and heart warming ♥️

28 дней назад
Rumpel Pumpel +54
Rumpel Pumpel

mesmerizing colour patterns, beautiful and accurate vivid shaping... those sculptures are incredibly well done <3 this is really a great way to deal with pollution. But if i may suggest; invest in a dust extraction/collection system for the sanding machines if possible. Your artisans' lungs will appreciate it :)

Glaire Mae Acupicop +2
Glaire Mae Acupicop

As a Filipino, I’m so sorry for our garbage reaching your beautiful beaches!!!!! Kenya is very innovative, so creative. Hopefully we can stop fighting (within our nation) and heal both our mother nature and people.. 🙌

Knight Siegmund +14
Knight Siegmund

That is absolutely incredible and I want one! This company is 100% legit down to the smallest safety precautions, I was worried they were sanding these sculptures without dust masks or respirators and I'm happy to see they are in fact wearing masks. A work environment that cherishes creativity and even health/safety all the while producing products that quite literally are helping the environment to provide jobs to the unemployed.

21 день назад
c +2
c

So amazing how they are able to turn a problem into art!

14 дней назад
Kenya love +21
Kenya love

This is beautiful! I’m happy that they are able to take the non-degradable objects out of the ocean & turn it into something beautiful. Proud of their hard work as well! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

Korwynze +8
Korwynze

Seeing these people enjoying their job and when theyve finished a project theyre cheering, i love that. These people seem to be loving what they do, and it has such a creative outlet as well as improving the envoirement by taking harmful trash out of it. I want to support this! I think i'll save some coin for one of their lovely creations ^w^

14 дней назад
Caroline S. +1
Caroline S.

I really wish they set up a shop here in Brazil, this is such a great idea. We do have a massive flip-flops problem and those sculptures work really well as shop decorations because they fit our country's vibe. I'm also sure tourists would love to buy those, they are such cute souvenirs!

День назад
spectre +1
spectre

I still find it ridiculous that poorer countries can do so much for the environment but the best richer countries can do is ban plastic straws and just making different environmental problems by replacing them with metal or silicone straws.

reeeksss +10
reeeksss

This is truly inspiring. We need more of this around the world.

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