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Copyright 2014 by Attorney Carlos Gamino
Scientists are saying that flip-flops—everyday, ordinary plastic and rubber flip-flops—are responsible for a tremendous ecological disaster that’s brewing off the shores of Kenya.
Literally tons (about 90 tons, to be exact) of flip-flops wash up on the East African coast every year, and most of them come from Asia, India, and China. Some come from within Kenya, too; one company produces about 100,000 of the shoes each day, and they end up in the waterways as well. One area of Nairobi once had a huge backup of discarded flip-flops that blocked off the city’s clean water supply.
What’s worse, though, is that the shoes aren’t biodegradable—and they’re posing a direct health hazard to marine life.
In addition to the pollution from the shoes killing plant life and fish that try to eat them, big pile-ups are preventing turtles from coming on-shore to lay eggs. Entire ecosystems have been destroyed by flip-flops, and even fishing villages that used to perch on the shores have packed up and moved.
In response, though, Adidas and a handful of other, non-American companies are exploring their options for renewable shoe materials.
What Do You Think?
Do you think the whole environmental crisis experts say is caused by flip-flops is overblown, or would you be willing to part with your comfy beach shoes and replace them with something else?
If you’re like most people, you own at least one pair of flip-flops. Most people do, and there’s nothing special about them. They’ve never been particularly newsworthy (except, perhaps, this $18,000 pair)… until now.
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Flip-Flops: An Ecological Disaster in the Making
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