Mother Nature Network | Jaymi Heimbuch:
Facing marine pollution, unemployment and conservation education all at once, a biologist-turned-businesswoman started a company that collects discarded flip-flops from beaches and transforms them into animal sculptures.
One of Ocean Sole’s creations. Photo: Ocean Sole. See more images of these sculptures and how they are made at source.
Marine pollution is a persistent problem, and some coastal communities fight a never-ending battle to stop the tide of trash washing ashore. One biologist witnessed Kenya’s east-facing beaches becoming the eventual host of trash from all over the world, including millions of cheap rubber flip-flop sandals. Her solution? Turning these pieces of colorful trash into treasure.