Ocean Sole is a company based in Nairobi that recycles flip flops that make their way into the waterways and turn them into works of art. By recycling the marine debris, Ocean Sole is able to remove the rubber waste filling up the rivers and washing up on Nairobi and Kenya coastlines. Flip-flop sandals are common, as they’re affordable and easily replaced, but this means that once they’ve gone beyond repair they’re often discarded and will wind up in the rivers. Now that Ocean Sole has grown, they not only collect flip-flops from coastlines but also directly recycle the materials from consumers and have set up recycling stations.
Not only can removing waste from the oceans and river help the planet, but it can be turned into art and be both enjoyable and educational to people all over the world!