Upcycled Flip Flop Key Chain

WoW! Floating keyrings made from recycled flip-flops in Kenya!

A large part of the world’s population, especially in developing countries, walks around on flip-flops made from rubber foam (polyurethane). These types of shoes are cheap to buy, but not sustainable. Coupled with an underdeveloped waste processing system, this means that in countries like Kenya, those flip-flops end up littering the environment and the oceans. The planet – including the humans and animals living here – pays a heavy price for this.

Plastic soup

Waste that floats in the ocean is picked up by currents and often drifts together – generating what’s known as plastic soup. It’s essentially a large island made of floating plastic that forms in the ocean. Through the salt in the seawater and the ultraviolet rays in sunlight, this plastic very slowly breaks down into tiny fragments.

Many of these small plastic particles end up in the food chain via the stomachs of birds and marine animals – resulting in poisoning of these creatures, as well as the disruption of their hormonal balance. What’s more, a large part of the plastic soup (including flip-flops) washes up on shore in Kenya and elsewhere.

From flip-flops to keyrings

The flip-flops that wash up on shore are collected by employees from Ocean Sole, who are paid a fair wage. This encourages local people to keep their beaches clean. First, any stones, glass or other debris is removed from the flip-flops, after which they’re thoroughly washed and disinfected. The foam is then sanded down until smooth, and the key rings are cut by hand – a lengthy process.

Ocean Sole

Ocean Sole maintains a healthy margin to pay their employees fairly and to provide them with a hot meal while at work. Ocean Sole also provides a savings plan for schools (doubling money saved) so that children of staff members can attend school and build a better quality of life.

 

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WoW! Floating keyrings made from recycled flip-flops in Kenya!

A large part of the world’s population, especially in developing countries, walks around on flip-flops made from rubber foam (polyurethane). These types of shoes are cheap to buy, but not sustainable. Coupled with an underdeveloped waste processing system, this means that in countries like Kenya, those flip-flops end up littering the environment and the oceans. The planet – including the humans and animals living here – pays a heavy price for this.

Plastic soup

Waste that floats in the ocean is picked up by currents and often drifts together – generating what’s known as plastic soup. It’s essentially a large island made of floating plastic that forms in the ocean. Through the salt in the seawater and the ultraviolet rays in sunlight, this plastic very slowly breaks down into tiny fragments.

Many of these small plastic particles end up in the food chain via the stomachs of birds and marine animals – resulting in poisoning of these creatures, as well as the disruption of their hormonal balance. What’s more, a large part of the plastic soup (including flip-flops) washes up on shore in Kenya and elsewhere.

From flip-flops to keyrings

The flip-flops that wash up on shore are collected by employees from Ocean Sole, who are paid a fair wage. This encourages local people to keep their beaches clean. First, any stones, glass or other debris is removed from the flip-flops, after which they’re thoroughly washed and disinfected. The foam is then sanded down until smooth, and the key rings are cut by hand – a lengthy process.

Ocean Sole

Ocean Sole maintains a healthy margin to pay their employees fairly and to provide them with a hot meal while at work. Ocean Sole also provides a savings plan for schools (doubling money saved) so that children of staff members can attend school and build a better quality of life.

 

Additional information

Weight 0.01 kg
Collection

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Weight product (kg)

FF1: 0,008
FF2: 0,002
FF3: 0,007
FF4: 0,011
FF5: 0,006

Dimensions product (cm)

FF1: 6 X 2 X 6,5
FF2: 10 X 2 X 4
FF3: 10,5 X 2 X 4
FF4: 8,5 X 2 X 4,5
FF5: 10,5 X 2 X 6

HS Code

3926 90 97 90

EAN Code

FF1: 8720598780642
FF2: 8720598780659
FF3: 8720598780666
FF4: 8720598780673
FF5: 8720598780673

Color product

Mix of colors

Material

Upcycled Flip Flops (EVA and PE foam)

Battery

No battery

Polybag

No polybag

Country of origin

Kenya

Delivery time

Approx 4-5 weeks (Standard models)
Custom models will take about 7 weeks.

Max outercarton size (cm)

10 x 10 x 10

Max outercarton packaging

50 pieces

Max outercarton weight (kg)

0,4 kg

Amount per pallet

1728 cartons (86400 pieces)