These artists turn ocean pollution into artwork
As a result of dumping and littering, our world’s oceans are plagued with harmful physical and chemical pollutants. This pollution has an immense effect on ocean and coastal ecosystems in addition to the world’s natural health at large.
Although this damage is irreversible in many instances, small and large scale cleanup and recycling efforts help to lessen the stress on our oceans and the organisms that inhabit them.
One such environmental group working to positively impact the world’s ecosystems is Ocean Sole. Since 2005, the group has positively impacted an immense amount of species by cleaning up over 1,000 tons of flip-flops from waterways and oceans in Kenya.
As a result, they have provided steady income to over 150 low-income Kenyans in their company and supply chain and also contribute over 10 percent of their revenue to marine conservation programs.
With the collected flip-flops, the artists at Ocean Sole create artwork and functional products to promote the conservation of our oceans.
Some examples of Ocean Sole’s work include life-size versions of animals such as bears, horses, rhinoceroses, and giraffes. Looking at some of these works, you would never believe that they are made entirely of flip-flops!
In addition to artwork, the charitable cause also manufactures products such as decorative wall art and sculptures of animals. They also make small items including bracelets, keychains, and door stops – all from flip-flops!
The artists and employees of Ocean Sole are dedicated to saving the world’s oceans one flip flop at a time. With each sculpture or product that they make, they are further spreading the importance of fighting ocean pollution.