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It’s rare when something made from recycled material transcends the original object into something new and inspiring. You only need to see a few clocks made from old computer parts to understand that these sculptural animals are something special! Each animal is handmade in Kenya from discarded rubber flip flops that litter the beaches. Organized under UniquEco, local women and children collect the flip flop flotsom, assemble them and carve these colorful beasts.

UniquEco was started by marine biologist Julie Church in an effort to urge the locals to clean up Kenya’s beaches, create community income and promote recycling and re-use. This special arrangement results in a growing business that has dramatically changed the beaches and now, in order to support their growing business pays for used flip flops and sandals in urban Nairobi.

You can read more about Julie Church and her work with UniquEco at Hand/Eye Magazine: Hand/Eye Magazine | Trash Talk.

Images: UniquEco via Hand/Eye

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I want the Giraffe! « Kate’s Pick

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