Recycling Rubber Flip Flops for Colorful Home Decorations, Kids Toys and African Souvenirs
Amazing art and recycled crafts made with old rubber in Africa
Recycling flip flops, snickers and rubber boots for small toys, souvenirs and colorful home decorations is a great idea that helps to feed people in Africa. Rubber is a great material for recycled crafts that can be found on beautiful warm beaches of the Indian Ocean. Creative recycling helps to clean the beaches and design unique items that make wonderful gifts and home decorations.
Lost flip flops and rubber boots on the beach are items that pollute the environment. Turned into recycled crafts they bring joy and happiness to people, provide money for food and help to clean the environment. Julie Church, a scientific researcher and worker at the Wildlife Service in Nairobi, decided to start cleaning the coastal areas in Kenya and design toys, souvenirs and colorful home decorations with old flip flops and rubber boots.
The creative recycled craft ideas were inspired by kids playing on the beach with rubber garbage. Old rubber foorware were used as dolls and cars for sand castles kids built on the beach in Kenya.
Recycled crafts made with old rubber footwear
Kids toys that gave the inspiration for recycling old rubber footwear, make great souvenirs that provide food to poor families and help the environment.
Old rubber pieces on the beaches created an obstacle for turtles getting into the water, but within a few weeks kids started to clean beaches, collecting the rubber garbage for African craftsmen who use this material for their unique recycled crafts.
Now kids and their parents make money collecting old rubber from beaches. A rubber processing factory in Nairobi employs more than 40 people who wash the old rubber boots, snickers and flip flops, glued pieces together and create amazing, unique and colorful home decorations, kids toys and souvenirs from recycled rubber.
by Ena Russ
last updated: 08.11.2013
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