If You Come Across A Brightly Colored Herd Of Elephants, You Are Not Hallucinating. This Is Really Awesome

February 10, 2014

If you're walking on the beaches of Kenya and come across a heard of brightly colored elephants, you are not hallucinating. Ocean Sole is a Kenyan start-up that's transforming old flip-flops found on beaches and in waterways into incredible works of art.

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While working on a coastal conservation project in 1997, Julie Church was horrified by the piles of flip-flops washing up onto the beaches, aware of the damage they were causing to the marine ecosystem.

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The flotsam and jetsam do not only spoil the natural beauty of the environment but are also a major hazard to the marine and terrestrial wildlife living there.

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Church pulled together a team of craftsmen that would eventually transform the discarded flip-flops into animal sculptures -- big and small -- including elephants, warthogs and rhinos.

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"My goal is to create change in the way people live and change in the way people understand the world and its connections," says Church.

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In 2000, WWF Switzerland put in an order for 15,000 turtle key rings, allowing the company to upgrade from sticks and thorns to beads and glue.

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In 2000, WWF Switzerland put in an order for 15,000 turtle key rings, allowing the company to upgrade from sticks and thorns to beads and glue.

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In 2008, an 18-foot giraffe named Twiga was shipped to Rome, Italy, to be displayed during Fashion Week as part of the International Trade Centre's campaign to raise awareness for ethical fashion.

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Ocean Sole aims to recycle 400,000 flip-flops a year and turn them into rubber products to sell across the world.

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These playful creations are sold in Kenya as well as in dozens of zoos, aquariums and stores in some 20 countries across the wold.

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Each product is carefully handcrafted by a local artisan. Here is a master at work!

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You can visit Ocean Sole on Facebook or their website for more information.

Sources: CNN.com / Ocean-Sole.com

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