Top shop; Accessorize; Muse, everyone has heard of these high street shops, right? What about Flip Flop? Never heard of it? Well I think it’s about time you do. If you want custom made handbags; bracelets; necklaces that are all made from recycle flip flops, yes flip flops, then you found it in UniquEco.
UniquEco is a foundation set up from East Africa; the project was founded by the woman of Kiwayu, which is a small island in Northern Kenyan Coastline. Not only does this project help the environment it gives the women of Kiwayu, who live in Africa a source of power. In the remote areas of Africa there are very few ways to earn a living; now woman’s roles in the community have grown; they are now economic decision markers paying for households; food and education for the families.
Why flip flops then, why not plastic or snack wrappers? Well flip flops are washed up on East African Beaches. Waste is a problem all around the world but in East Africa it was becoming a real big problem and the locals needed to do something with the sudden growth of rubbish on their beaches.
So what does this organisation do then? UniquEco collects the flip flops; recycles and cleans everything they find; create their wonderful work; sells all the products to tourist and local residents in all the shops and craft fairs; amazingly 80% of their goods are exported all over the world; the sales generated are put into buying more flip flops and getting 150 people employed; it rises education in Africa, by recycling all rubbish and flip flops that end up on the beaches. UniquEco are spreading the word about recycling and making everyone think we should do something about it.
So from all this do you still think high Street is the best? With companies like UniquEco around that are helping the environment and have such good intentions behind them not just to making you look good. Then is it really a good plan to splash your hard earned money on a £25 bracelet that might only last a few weeks in the cutting edge of fashion or your money on something that will look good all year round and that is made with love and attention.