Worldwide, land and water pollution from discarded flip-flops is a surprisingly enormous and growing problem. Ocean Sole transforms over 50 tons of discarded flip-flops found in the ocean and on land each year, upcycling them into art to help remedy the situation and raise awareness of the problem globally.
Each upcycled Flip-Flop Hammerhead Shark is sculpted individually, keeping 9 flip-flops out of our oceans and landfills. Most people don't know these fascinating—and sobering—facts about hammerheads:
They do not lay eggs like most other big fish; they give birth to live babies called pups.
Of the nine species of hammerhead shark, two are now classified as endangered and two are classified as vulnerable.
In Africa, the great hammerhead shark is already considered critically endangered. This largest species of hammerhead is regularly caught in trawls and fixed-bottom nets. Their fins are used to make Asian delicacy shark fin soup, their skins are used for leather, and their liver oil for vitamins. The rest of the animal is simply thrown away.
Ocean Sole's wonderful upcycled animal creations are playful art pieces, and they have positively impacted many by cleaning up over a thousand tons of flip-flops from the ocean and waterways in Kenya, as well as providing steady income to over 150 low-income Kenyans.
Measures approximately 6"H x 9"W x 14"L
Actual design and colors will vary. While these upcycled animals are playful to look at, we do not recommend them as toys, and they are not suitable for children under 3.
Ocean Sole contributes over 10% of their revenue to marine conservation programs such as the Ocean Conservancy: working to bring people, science and policy together with a mission to counter the many threats to ocean health and sustainability. From protecting vital, vulnerable ecosystems through legislation, to enforcing accountability among leaders, Ocean Conservancy seeks solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.
"I fell in love with these colorful, whimsical animals and love having them on my desk. They are a wonderful reminder of how important it is to reduce plastic in our oceans and protect marine and terrestrial wildlife. And I never get tired of telling the story of Ocean Sole and all they're doing to get flip-flops out of landfills and oceans." - Tigger