Ocean Sole is a social enterprise that up-cycles washed up flip-flops found along the beaches and waterways in Kenya. Inspired by the toys children were making out of the flip-flop debris, Julie Church, the Ocean Sole Founder, encouraged their mothers to collect, wash, and cut the discarded flip-flops into colourful products to sell at local Kenyan Markets as another means of income for their families.
The Flip flops received in Nairobi are inspected for anything sharp or dangerous, thoroughly scrubbed and then glued into blocks using an EU conforming glue. The glue is allowed to dry and the blocks are then hand carved.
The Ocean Sole social enterprise positively impacts over 1,000 Kenyans through the collection of flip-flops and direct employment providing steady income to nearly 100 low-income Kenyans in the company.