Africa Flip Flop Pollution Problem
Some bodies of waters in Africa are polluted because of flip flops. One of the largest marine pollutants along Africa's' East coast are cheap plastic foam flip flops.
Africa Water Polluted by Flip Flops
Flip flops found littered on beaches and in waterways of Kenya are made into works of African art.
Trash into treasure
|Elephant made from broken flip flops|
Flip flops are one of the largest marine pollutants in the Indian Ocean and her beaches. Tons of broken and discarded flip flops wash up on East African coast each year. These flip flops were dumped in cities and villages and are carried away by sewage systems, rivers and other waterways into Kenyan coastlines every year.
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Environmentally friendly way to dispose of flip-flops
Ocean Sole has a team of African artisans in Nairobi Kenya to design sculptures from discarded flip flops into crafty works of art and just as important, a source of income. The African artisans clean the rubber sandals and sort them according to their color. Next, they cut, mold and sand them as they turn the old flip-flops into their eye-catching creations.
According to Ocean Sole, "Thousands and thousands of flip flops are washed up onto the East African coast creating an environmental disaster. Discarded flip flops not only spoil the natural beauty of African beaches and oceans, the rubber soles are swallowed and suffocated on by fish and other marine life. Flip flops also obstruct turtle hatchlings from reaching the sea and are a man-made menace to Africa’s fragile ecosystems."