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

Flip-Flop Penguin

Regular price $ 31.00

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 Penguin is sculpted individually, making a one-of-a-kind creation and keeping up to 7 flip-flops out of our oceans and landfills. A few facts about these famous, flightless birds:

  • Penguins can't fly, but they are expert swimmers and divers; some species can reach speeds of more than 20 miles per hour underwater.
  • The Little Blue Penguin is only 16 inches high, while the Emperor Penguin stands nearly four feet tall!
  • Climate change is a growing concern for penguins that live in Antarctica because sea ice has been disappearing—and penguin populations along with it. 

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.

Our fabulous Flip-Flop Penguin comes in two sizes, both suitable for the bathtub!

Small:  Measures about 9cm x 10cm (3 1/2" x 4"), and uses 5 flip flops

Medium: Measures about 11cm x 21cm (4 1/4" x 8 1/4"), and uses 7 flip flops

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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