On the other side of the world, an East African fishing community is confronting its own seaborne swirl of plastic pollution. Cheap and cheerful, colourful and comfortable, flip-flops are the most basic footwear for so many in the world. Worn in, worn out, and finally discarded at the mercy of the ocean, they remain afloat for years, colonised by barnacles and boarded by swimming crabs. Eventually a confluence of ocean currents and upwellings pushes piles of this flip-flop flotsam towards the islands of the Lamu Archipelago off the northeast coast of Kenya. Thousands of weathered old soles, from as far afield as Indonesia and Japan, come ashore on the beaches of the Kiunga Marine Reserve. It gathers near a turtle nesting reserve, threatening the propagation of the species, my project to launch the first biodegradable flip-flop made out of coconut fibers and natural Latex in hopes to protect our oceans from a phenomena called "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch" which is now as large as the State of Texas and it is composed mostly of plastic, rubber soon to be its next companion. Help me raise awareness, I have tried on my own, but the politicians and corporations will only listen when we come together and show them we will not give up. The largest manufacturer of rubber flip flops plans on producing 400 million pairs this year, doubling the 200 million they produced last year. If these numbers keep rising we will soon be facing a very serious problem, since one third of those numbers will end washing up onto the ocean in the next 3 to 5 years...

Share this video with everyone you know, and help me spread this message and get my project in the right hands, for our ocean's sake.

Thank you.

Cynthia Tello
Joyadaterra.com

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