Hey Kickstarter! Thanks for checking out FlipYarn - We are very proud and excited to announce our flip flop waste collection and upcycling program where we collect discarded flip flops and turn them into fun and innovative FlipYarn products! We collect these flip flops from waterways, beach clean-ups as well as designated collection points and sorted at waste sorting facilities here in Sri Lanka where we are based.
Once collected the old flip flops are thoroughly cleaned and sanitised. We then sand them down and upcycle the fully refreshed material and repurpose them into affordable, high grade, innovative and colourful FlipYarn sunglasses, bracelets, lanyards and necklaces. Our offcuts are shredded for use as padding and packing materials in line with our zero waste policy.
The idea for FlipYarn is something we came up with at our eco-friendly workshop here in Colombo called Parkville, where we make handmade eyewear, homeware, hairbrushes and accessories all made from wood and sustainable materials. We rescued our dog, Boo from near death as a puppy outside the workshop and walking her all around she loves to pick up rubbish that she can chew on. This invariably tends to be discarded flip flops! No matter where we walked her she picked them up and we came to realise they are everywhere! So we decided to start doing something about this urgently.
So we set out to create products that were high quality but also affordable in order to be able to recycle as many flip flops as possible. All of our sunglasses are fitted with custom spring hinges for maximum comfort and flexible fit as well as with market leading UV 400 scratch resistant lenses – the top standard in the eyewear industry - in both normal and polarised versions. The product comes in a recycled box with a carry pouch, a microfibre cloth and full warranty.
Flip Flops (or rubber slippers) are the most widely worn footwear in the world. They are characterised by being colourful, cheap and readily available to all socio-economic users. Almost all of us wear them but very few of us consider what happens when they come to the end of their useful life of typically 1-2 years.
With some 3 billion people wearing them regularly, they are the number one footwear in China, India and Africa as well as many other parts of the world including Sri Lanka! Global sales in 2019/20 are projected to top USD 18 billion with many major fashion brands having them as one of their must have accessories.
The humble flip flop may be a great footwear solution but they pose a significant environmental problem as flip flop waste cannot be recycled…! They are typically manufactured from cheap materials such as plastic, foam and rubber and create massive non-biodegradable waste that ends up in our oceans, waterways, environment and landfills.
Discarded flip flops may take anywhere between 200 to 1,000 years to degrade and, in the process, damage ecosystems, killing plants and animals. Large marine life such as sea turtles and whales are dying as they eat them whole, while smaller animals ingest microplastics that occur as flip flops photodegrade into micro particles. Toxic flip flop chemicals and dyes seep into our water and clogged beaches and waterways leave animals unable to access their breeding grounds to lay eggs.
A recent scientific study of Australia’s Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean estimated over 1 million plastic shoes, mainly flip flops, had washed up on the beaches of this tiny and previously “unspoilt paradise”.
Yet very little is done globally about recycling this ubiquitous footwear. It’s a growing man-made disaster and we want to address this ecological crisis urgently!
JOIN OUR CAMPAIGN, HELP US URGENTLY TO MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE TO OUR OCEANS, BEACHES, MARINE LIFE AND ENVIRONMENT!
Very simply, we want to launch this project with as much firepower to make a difference as we can. The more we raise, the more our project grows and the more flip flops we recycle. So the rewards are dependant on the value you pledge, buy more, save more, plant more trees (we will plant 1 tree for every product we sell)!
We offer UV400 polarised lenses, ensuring full protection against 100% of all UVA, UVB and UV400 ultraviolet rays, far surpassing US ANSI Z80.3-2001 regulations. There are 3 choices:
- Silver Mirror
- Red/Orange Mirror
We have teamed up with Trees for the Future to plant 1 tree for every product sold. So not only are you stopping flip flops from becoming ocean waste when you buy one of our products, you will plant a tree as well!
From all of us involved with the FlipYarn project (including our dog Boo!) we thank you for taking time to review our pitch!
Risks and challenges
We are in control of our own production line, so as such we don't face the same risks and problems that a lot of other brands and product owners face. We have a fully skilled workforce who know what they are doing thanks in part to our range of wooden sunglasses we have been producing for the past 4 years.
That said, these products made from recycled flip flops are prototypes and we will continue to work to make sure that they are the best they can be.
We now need your support to make sure we can bring these innovative solutions to market so you can help us tackle an enormous waste problem.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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