Made in collaboration with Ocean Sole
The Kenya-based social enterprise upcycles discarded flip-flops, makes art to support marine conservation and creates employment opportunities
The soles of the Chloé Lou line of sandals are made in collaboration with Ocean Sole, a social enterprise that upcycles flip-flops, which have been collected and found washed-up along the beaches and waterways in Kenya. More than 150 full-time employees and flip-flop suppliers work with Ocean Sole to give plastic waste a second, more long- lasting life. Their aim is to recycle a million flip flops a year and at least one ton of styrofoam a month. Ocean Sole supports over 1,200 Kenyans through the employment and collection of flip flops. They provide health care and have educated more than 12,000 students about conservation. So far they have put over 200 children through school with their wages, payment for flip-flop supplies and scholarships.