Recycled Flip Flop Bracelets
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RECYCLED FLIP FLOP BRACELETS
Along the Niger River live the Bozo people. This Mali tribe made their living by fishing but an extreme decline in the river's fish threatened their livelihoods. Bizarrely despite being low in fish, the river started bringing along a high number of floating flip flops.
Their primary source of food and livelihood gone, the Bozo women took advantage of this disaster and starting recycling the sandals they caught in the river and turning them into gorgeous bracelets and necklaces.
There was initially only a small number of families making these beautiful bracelets. A number of years later, the project is so successful that more than 80 families live off the design of these original products.
We absolutely love the recycled flip flop bracelets here at Nature Shop and are proud to be supporting the Bozo tribe.
HOW ARE THEY MADE?
Flip flops are collected, cut up and then melted down into long rubber strands. The bracelet shape is then formed.
THE BOZO TRIBE