WATCH: Kenyan ocean conservation group turns discarded flip-flops into amazing artworks

2018-06-29 15:30
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A Kenyan marine conservation group tries to make the ocean clean by turning discarded flip-flops into "amazing artworks", according to a report. 

The conservation group was formed in 1999 by Julie Church who had been inspired by toys children made from old flip flops washing up on the beaches of Kiwayu, Kenya reported MSN news. 

Church then encouraged their mothers to collect, wash and cut the discarded flip flops into colourful products that could even fetch up $10 000.

This was also a way of alleviating the environmental damage the discarded flip flops caused in the marine ecosystem.

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To make the artworks, Ocean Sole collects the discarded flip flops washed up on the shore, then carefully wash off dirt and debris and grade them into colour groups.

According to Kenya Citizen TV, the cleaned up flip flops are then assembled into solid blocks ready for carving.

The block is carved, labelled and packaged.

The finished product is then shipped around the world to their respective markets to be sold.

The profits from the conservation work done by Ocean Sole supports at least 900 people, the report said.


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