Reducing waste through upcycling, repurposing, refashioning and reloving.

Giveaway: Recycled FlipFlop Fauna!

Ours is a story of logic and magic; the logic of recycling our rubbish using the magic of imagination, creativity and finally, plenty of passion! The result is a bouquet of colourful, well designed sculptures, household items, fashion accessories and bespoke pieces.

Let's face it - old flip flops are, well ... gross. But even when they're old and disgusting, they're still rubber and they take upwards of 50 years to decompose ... so they don't just "go away" when you forget them on a beach at the end of the summer. They do, however, float away. Apparently, by the hundreds of thousands. Then what? Well, Cleaning Beaches, Creating Masterpieces is the FlipFlop Recycling Company’s solution. And their motto! This eco-business (based in Nairobi, Kenya) collects discarded flip flops that were previously blighting waterways and coastlines around the world. Then, through the magic of talented local artisans, the collected waste is turned into amazing flipflop creations. And people from local communities earn an income in the process! Are you impressed?  Me too! 
And I have a couple of FlipFlop creatures to give away ... read on!


UniquEco/The FlipFlip Recycling Company was founded in 2005 as a "local solution to a global problem". Learn more about the business and thinking behind it here. I believe a lot of their product is exported but I've had a hard time locating either online or brick-and-mortar retailers in the US. Lucky for me I have a good friend in Nairobi and, on a recent visit to the states, he indulged my request for some FlipFlop creatures. And I'm sharing them with you!  :)


And so, onto the giveaway! Enter for a chance to win the Hippo and Turtle pictured above

The Hippo is a peaceful shelf creature. He doesn't need a lot of maintenance!  The Turtle will do a little work for his living. He's actually a doorstop. But he'd made a pretty fun bath toy too.

Giveaway opens 9am EST Mon, 9/3 and ends Fri, 9/7 at midnight. WINNER announced Mon 9/10. It's easy to score multiple entries and increase your chances of winning - see below for details... (Open to US residents 18 and older.)  



Please note: THIS IS NOT a sponsored post. I own the items I'm giving away and am promoting the FlipFlop Recycling Company as a goodwill gesture.
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54 comments on "Giveaway: Recycled FlipFlop Fauna! "
  1. wow. hippos and turtles are two of my favorite animals!!

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  2. That is so cool!! I love to see the creative ways people are recycling things!

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  3. THis is fabulous! What a great way to re-use bright and colorful flipflogs!
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    jbmthill

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  4. these are amazing!!!! what a great idea to not only make something adorable but also to save our planet!

    mandyandcameron@yahoodotcom

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  5. This is the most unique and awesome idea I think I have ever seen. I love this idea! This has to be one of the most creative thigs I have ever seen! I LOVE it!!!!
    tiffoverton77@yahoo.com

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  6. Michelle Gregory9/5/12, 4:45 PM

    I love turtles... and recycling. lol

    hugsnlove36 at hotmail dot com

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  7. I would love to win the turtle for my school! We are the Sunrise Sea Turtles and I received a grant which enabled my class to collect and send used flip flops to UniquEco. We sent 17 boxes before the money ran out. We did receive a thank you, but it would sure be nice to have something tangible as a symbol of our efforts and partnership!
    Carol Rogero
    scoutcrs13@earthlink.net

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    1. Carol - thank you for letting me know! Good for you and your students!! I use random.org to pick a winner for my giveaways. If you don't win, I will figure something out - ok?

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  8. I love stuff like this! It's amazing when someone can come up with something cool and artsy that would otherwise be trash! Desiree T dpapsis at gmail dot com

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  9. Wow, these are such a cool idea! They're beautiful and eco friendly I LOVE IT! (BTW, if I'm lucky enough to be the winner, I vote Carol gets my turtle for her class- super cool kids helping the world...awesome!)

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  10. These are fantastic! I love how colorful they are.

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  11. oh my gosh this is so amazing! how fantastic that they can be recycled in such a way.

    tuckersaver at hotmail dot com

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  12. thanks for this giveaway!
    gkuroda(at)gmail(d0t)com

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  13. I'm commenting for Carol and the Sunrise Sea Turtles - hope they get it!

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  14. So beautiful and so creative! I love them all!

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  15. I am thoroughly impressed with this company and the honorbale work they do. Looking at the pictures, I see a pair of boots made with soles of recycled flip flops. OMG...Why have we not seen shoe and boot comapnies endorse the use (reuse) of flip flops for their soles. What a waste these comapnies do by not making use of used flip flops for soles! Kudos for the "Flip Flop Recycling Company"!

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  16. Thank you so much for sharing this company! I love the idea, and it's amazing what they do.

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  17. These are so cute. I would never guess they were flip-flops.

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  18. Adorable! anna4him@hotmail.com

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  19. So cute and clever! I'll gladly donate mine to Carol's school!

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  20. What a great idea!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  21. adorable! would never have thought of that. thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. These would be perfect for my sister. And what a great use for old flip flops! I wonder if they could use the ones our dog ate...

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  23. This is incredibly cool. What a great way to recycle?! I love seeing how people can be creative using resources that are already there. Great work.

    dandelionclover459@yahoo.com

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  24. What an amazing idea!! So creative!

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  25. Jenny Stanek9/6/12, 9:55 PM

    What an awesome way to recycle, everything looks amazing!

    Orangestar17(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  26. What a great idea to recycle flip flops! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  27. Amazing! I cannot wait to show this to my kids! What a great way to recycle and also make lovely art...I love it!

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  28. What a great idea! These are really cute :)
    bblanto4@hotmail.com

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  29. That is so neat. Love this idea!

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  30. Thanks for the giveaway - these are great!
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

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  31. Those are so awesome! jenpsht at gmail dot com

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  32. I love them! What a fantastic idea!
    -Heather S

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  33. These are adorable! I am so grateful when I see someone reusing and upcycling what might ordinarily be thrown out.
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  34. I am so excited to find your site - it will be perfect for my girl scout troop!
    sarahyurga@yahoo.com

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  35. What a great idea! Those colorful animals are very cute.



    yeloechikee at hotmail dot com

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  36. so neat! i love upcycling!

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  37. This is a great recycling project. Such cute animals. Really like the colors.

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  38. These are Amazing!What an awesome thing to do. Thank you for the coolest giveaway! :)
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  39. Great ideas and co creative! I love them all!
    Thank You for the unique giveaway!
    Fiona N

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  40. adorable, and being green makes them even cuter to me!

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  41. My granddaughter would love this.

    owen.darlene@gmail.com

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  42. These are so cool!
    Allison Marie
    my3kids2008 at yahoo dot com

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  43. I have never seen anything like these!

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  44. Jennifer Peaslee9/7/12, 8:35 PM

    All throughout hs and college I collected hippos...you have no clue how bad I want this!!!

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  45. So funny, I wanted to comment the same....up cycling rules!
    Wyguymom at gmail dot com

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  46. Very cool and artistic. Chris =]

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  47. This is genius. I'm so glad to learn about this company. Not only are the items they create via upcycling rediculously cute, they are providing a valuable service by helping to rid the world left-over flip-flops.

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  48. How incredibly creative and beautiful!
    Nichole2577 at aol [dot][com]

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  49. These are so cute!!! What a unique and creative way to recycle flipflops!

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