Flipside of Flip Flops

It might not have occurred to you that old flip flops is part of a environmental problem…But actually, thousands of discarded flip-flops wash up on the African shorelines, burdening the natural eco system.

Discarded flip flops disturb the eco-system in various ways: they spoil the natural beauty of the beaches, threy are mistakenly swallowed by marine feeders and they prevent hatching turtles reaching the safety of the sea.

ScrapHacking company UniquEco works with locals to collect and re-cycle discarded flip-flops. The product range is diverse, from unique accessories and jewelry to one-off sculptures of amazing ingenuity, humour and beauty. I recently visited the exhibition ”New Money – Business Models for a sustainable future” at the ExitArt Gallery in NYC which featured the inspirational creations of ExitArt – Who knew stinky old flip flops could morph into beautiful toys, full of new life…

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