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 such as high grade affordable sunglasses, accessories and key rings! These flip flops are collected from waterways, beach clean-ups as well as designated collection points and sorted at waste sorting facilities here in Sri Lanka where our Parkville factory is located.
We have teamed up with leading beach clean-up and waste collection organisations, Eco Friends SL and Rotary District of Sri Lanka and Maldives, to help recycle as many discarded flip flop pairs as possible!
Once collected the old flip flops are thoroughly cleaned and sanitised. We then upcycle and repurpose them into affordable, high grade, fun and colourful FlipYarn sunglasses, bracelets, necklaces and keyrings. Our FlipYarn offcuts are shredded for use as padding and packing materials. 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, full warranty and 30 day money back guarantee.
We will be launching a FlipYarn Kickstarter campaign on Tuesday 20th of August to raise capital to expand our project. The purpose is to buy additional tools and equipment for our manufacturing process as well as expand our Parkville team dedicated to FlipYarn and so create more employment opportunities for communities directly impacted by flip flop waste.
The idea for FlipYarn is something we came up with at our eco-friendly workshop here in Colombo called Parkville. We rescued our Parkville dog from near death as a puppy outside the workshop and this bundle of joy has since become our mascot. Walking her all around the city and countryside she loves to pick up rubbish that she can chew on. This invariably has tended 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.
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