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Colorful animal sculptures made from recycled flip-flops

Ocean Sole turns millions of discarded flip-flops into art pieces and other useful products in an effort to promote ocean conservation and reuse beach pollution from along the East African coast. See how these Kenyan flip flop artists collect, wash, sort, cut, glue, carve, and sand this waste material into colorful lions, elephants, whales, giraffes, pandas, dinosaurs and other animals—and how smaller pieces are used for beads and kids’ playground padding—in this BBC video. Updated video.

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