But we have to give something to that little kid / colleague / neighbour / friend to mark a special occasion, right? And a card telling them that you bought a chicken for a family in South America instead of a present for them doesn’t always go down too well. So I was excited to find these guys on the very cool Australian site Ethical Gifts.
They are animals made in Africa out of recycled flip flops (or thongs, or jandals). Apparently, this idea started back in 1997, when women and children started to collect all of the rubber shoes washing up on the beaches off the northeast coast of Kenya. They turned them into toys, buoys and cushion stuffing. The FlipFlop Project was born.
In 2005, the UniquEco brand was created to expand on the FlipFlop Project and support the local people to clean up their beaches, recycle the rubber, earn an income, and produce fantastic animal friends (and jewellery, keyrings etc) to share with the world.
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I gave LM a bay elephant for Christmas (he kinda’ loves elephants and his early childhood was in Africa). I wish I’d known about these groovy numbers! 🙂
Bugger! – that should read BABY elephant! Fortunately, we have a very large back-yard here in Sydney…:-)
Hahaha, I did think that maybe a ‘bay elephant’ was a particular breed that you could buy in Sydney pet shops – nothing would surprise me! 🙂
I am going to buy them for all my friends – thanks Cate. On a similar theme. There are these wonderful creations from another Kate (with a K) from the UK http://www.katessofttoys.co.uk/how-a-plastic-bottle-became-a-soft-toy.html. The thing I love about these is that you can design your own. Imagine Napoleon Dynmite’s delight if he received a cuddly Liger? or you could have a crocroo, a hipporaffe…………..
Thank you…I will check that site out, as any link that promises to reveal “how-a-plastic-bottle-became-a-soft-toy” is too good to miss! There could be several new blog post ideas there, I’m sure… 🙂