Flip-Flop Hippo | Upcycled, Recycled, Repurposed, Reimagined | Changing Tides

Flip-Flop Hippo

Regular price $ 36.00

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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 Hippo is sculpted individually, keeping 7 flip-flops out of our oceans and landfills. A little background on these powerful animals:

  • The name Hippopotamus comes from the Ancient Greek for "river horse".
  • Their closest living relatives are cetaceans (whales, porpoises, etc.) from which they diverged about 55 million years ago.
  • Hippos are most active at night, when they forage for food. They are herbivores, and eat mostly grass. In just one night, they can eat up to 35kg of grass.
  • Hippos are considered vulnerable because their numbers have declined by 7 to 20 percent over the past 10 years, and likely will continue to decline. The IUCN estimates that there are between 125,000 and 148,000 common hippos remaining in the wild.
  • The primary threats to hippos are poaching (for their ivory tusks and their meat), and loss of habitat as more water is diverted for agriculture, according to the IUCN.

These wonderful animals 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 22cm x 7cm x 11cm (8" x 3" x 5") 

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

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