Chances are, you’ve got a few pairs of rubbery flip-flops sitting in a closet, gathering dust. They’ve either broken or worn out — after all, how much wear can we expect out of shoes that cheap? But once this flimsy footwear has flipped its last flop, we don’t really know what to do with them. We definitely don’t want to toss our old sandals in the trash so they can spend eternity sitting in the Pacific Trash Vortex.
So what are eco-friendly women like ourselves supposed to do? The Huffington Post offers some advice. You could send them to UniquEco, a company that accepts shipments of flip-flops and changes them into colorful handmade art, jewelry, and toys. You could also get crafty yourself, and turn them into coasters, stamps, or shred them to create stuffing for a pillow. We definitely aren’t that crafty, so we’ll probably opt for the first option.
Also, think before you buy your next pair of five-dollar, throw-away foam flip flops, and instead look into eco-friendly flip-flop companies, including Ocean Minded, Feelgoodz, Pocketflops, or Okabashi, a company that offers a mail-in recycling program.