Flip Flops Can Be Repurposed
Flip-flops have become a global rubbish problem. They are found everywhere; along the coastlines, in bodies of water, clogging drainage systems, and not decomposing in landfills. So, maybe all flip-flops can’t be recycled, but they can be repurposed.
There is one foundation near Kenya where their mission is to clean up beaches and oceans from pollution. This foundation, called UniquEco takes these discarded flip-flops that lined the shores of the East African Coast and turns them into new products. This solves two problems, not only does the collection of these sandals clean the environment, but it also employs local artisans who are in need of work. The people from this area have turned this waste into beautiful handmade products for sale. Such items as doormats, baskets, purses, toys, and jewelry. UniquEco uses the proceeds from these sales to fund environmental and social issues.
Bringing the idea of repurposing flip-flops closer to home are ideas from environmentalists and artists who have found creative ways to use discarded sandals.
- They can be shredded to use in stuffing dog beds and outdoor cushions.
- Shredded pieces can be used as packing materials.
- Circles can be cut to use under furniture legs to prevent the scratching of floors.
- Cut sections can be used under large appliances such as washing machines to reduce vibration.
- Make doorstops by gluing a couple layers together.
- Chunks or shreds can line the bottom of flowerpots for drainage.
- Cut into shapes for children to use as stamps with inkpads or poster paints.
And a very crafty person could make toys from them!
As we become aware of our environment and choose to live a greener life, research and recycle as much as possible to avoid unnecessary pollution. And if a product cannot be recycled, then think repurpose. It’s amazing how much trash can be turned into treasures!