Flip-Flop Whale Shark | Upcycled, Recycled, Repurposed, Reimagined | Changing Tides

Flip-Flop Whale Shark

Regular price $ 36.00

Only 3 left


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 Whale Shark is sculpted individually, making a one-of-a-kind creation and keeping 9 flip-flops out of our oceans and landfills. What's the story with whale sharks?

  • They're not related to whales, but they are the largest fish in the world. And even though they're sharks, they're very docile and pose no real threat to humans.
  • Whale sharks have about 3,000 tiny teeth (less than 6mm long) but they don’t use them to eat. They're filter feeders that sieve plankton through their gills for much of their nourishment. They also sieve squid, krill, and small fish.
  • The species is considered endangered by the IUCN due to the impacts of commercial fisheries.

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 5"H x 8"W x 12"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

 

 

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