Kenyan Conservation group Ocean Sole is turning flip-flop pollution into art.

Ocean Sole is an ocean conservation group located in Kenya that turns flip-flop pollution into art and functional products, simultaneously promoting the love of the oceans. Their philosophy reads as follows:

Vision: Waste-free oceans.
Mission: To become a global leader in conservation entrepreneurship.
Purpose: To educate, empower and enable people to value and respect our oceans.

Ocean Sole

520000 Flip Flops Were Collected Off Beaches Last Year

Ocean Sole

Ocean Sole

Ocean Sole

Ocean Sole

Watch this 60 Seconds Look on Flip-flop Art.

 

Flip-flop artist Francis Mutua guides us through the work being done by Ocean Sole, where over 900 Kenyans have found support and employment. Their mission is to become a global leader in helping ordinary people start businesses in the name of conservation.

Millions of discarded flip-flops are posing major hazards to our oceans.

Since 2005, they have positively impacted many by cleaning up over 1000 tons of flip-flops from the Ocean and waterways in Kenya, providing steady income to over 150 low-income Kenyans in the company and supply-chain, and contributing over 10% of their revenue to marine conservation programmes.

– Their actions must make a difference to the plight of the Oceans.
– The ethos is to give back what they earn to change the lives of many through education, income and meals.
– The energy is focused on delivering fun products that remind of the precious marine life.

‘We make fun art so people, companies, and charities remember that the Ocean needs our help.  Our pieces represent the trash found in the oceans and waterways that are killing human and marine life in their journey from the dumps to the beaches.’

The frightening facts about flip-flop usage

A staggering 3 billion people on planet earth wear flip-flops as their primary form of shoe as they are so affordable. Flip Flops are made from a combination of Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate and other plastics and they do not biodegrade. They do however photo-degrade, breaking up into smaller and smaller pieces to form part of the plastic soup plaguing our oceans.

50% of those flip-flops are consumed in Asia. The refuse systems in many Asian countries are poor and the flip-flops end up in the rivers. The rivers lead to the sea where the trade-winds drive them onto the east coast of Africa (provided marine animals don’t consume them en route). It’s not just the east coast of Africa that’s affected though – we’re seeing flip-flop pollution from South America to the Himalayan river systems.

The Essential Details

Ways that you can become involved: http://oceansole.co.ke/becomeasolemate or shop for one of the items. Pics sourced from their website. Follow them on Facebook for regular educational updates.

4 Comments
    1. Hey there Charles
      They do have an online store listing and you can also email them at solemates@oceansole.co.ke for more details. I saw it while in Kenya and bought some there, which made it easier, but there are stockists around the world. I’m able to access their website at http://oceansole.co.ke/ and there is a message option on their FB page too https://www.facebook.com/OceanSole/. Hope that helps.
      Thank you for visiting The Incidental Tourist and for the interest in supporting this wonderful initiative.
      Dawn

    1. Hey there Kerryn
      They do have an online store listing and you can also email them at solemates@oceansole.co.ke for more details. I saw it while in Kenya and bought some there, which made it easier, but there are stockists in Australia if that is where you are? More on their website http://oceansole.co.ke/.
      Thank you for visiting The Incidental Tourist and for the interest in supporting this wonderful initiative.
      Dawn

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Dawn Bradnick JorgensenDawn Jorgensen
Follow me on social media
Follow me on Bloglovin’Follow
The Incidental Tourist

The Incidental Tourist is a Personal Travel Blog of a conscious traveller with a deep love for Africa, its people and the environment.

Here I bring you narratives, stories, video and photographs from my travels around the globe, including accounts of gorilla trekking in Uganda, tree planting in Zambia and turtle rescue in Kenya, accommodation and restaurant reviews, as well as details of the conservation efforts that I support.

A self proclaimed earth advocate and beauty seeker, I invite you to join me and share in my love of sustainable travel – and the rich offerings of our beautiful world.

My latest tweets
My latest travel video below.

Amazing Thailand. Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand was founded in 1296 as the capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. Tod…

error: Do understand that my content is protected, should you wish to use my words or pics, kindly email me at dawn@theincidentaltourist.com. Thank you.