Friday, November 20, 2009

Cute Sandals!

I just came across these eco-friendly ultra cute flip flops made by Planet Flops. According to the website they were created by Dr. Sylvie, a podiatrist in Beverly Hills, who wanted to make super comfy yet environmentally friendly flip flops. The flops are manufactured in Brazil and made out of natural rubber. "The harvesting of natural rubber occurs by harmlessly "tapping" into the tree to remove a milky sap from the bark. This does not affect the health of the tree". They come in very cute colours such as licorice, watermelon, blueberry and plum (just to name a few). The website also claims that the flip flops are recyclable once you can no longer wear them. My favourite colour is cherry (above)

Of course many of you know that flip flops are piling up by the thousands on countless beaches around the world. In Watamu, a small island off of the coast of Kenya, the Watamu Turtle Watch saves all of the flip flops that wash ashore and recycle them in various ways throughout the island. The picture below shows a volunteer at the program making them flip flops into a sign at their headquarters.

And according to Sea Turtles Forever, "1041 lost soles were collected out of our nesting area for the Lance Ferris Challenge. We could all stand to do some sole searching. I stated that I could probably find 1000 shoes in our nesting area, I hate it when I'm right. Lance Ferris was a leader in marine plastics research on the front lines of conservation".

I unfortunately saw first hand all the sandals, flip flops and high heels that had washed ashore in Tortuguero Costa Rica. Now I can feel a bit better purchasing the Planet Flops and knowing that I can recycle them once they have been worn and torn to no tomorrow!


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