In areas where the climate is mostly warm and sunny, if you were to look into the average person’s closet you would most likely find at least one pair of flip-flops – that well-known footwear staple of beach-goers, surfers and laid-back types the world over. You might even find 2 or 3 pairs, or in some extreme cases more like 23 pairs, all in different styles, colors and designs. The flip-flop has moved up in the world of footwear fashion, and for die-hard floppers everywhere there will be no turning back now or any time soon.
One thing about flip-flops, though, is that they tend to wear out quicker than most other shoes, probably because we wear them so much and we wear them with our bare feet, both of which tend to work against a flip-flop’s best interests. Because there are so many different styles to choose from and they are relatively inexpensive compared to other shoes, we usually just toss out the old and bring in the new.
But now, a movement called the Flip-Flop Brigade is being spearheaded by TerraCycle, a company that takes things that aren’t normally thought of as recyclable and turns them into a variety of products that are both useful and environmentally friendly. The Flip-Flop Brigade partners with companies like Old Navy to recycle old flip-flops in exchange for discounts, coupons and exclusive special deals.
It’s totally free to participate in a TerraCycle Brigade. There are no signup or participation fees, and the shipping is covered by the program. Just collect a bunch of old flip-flops (you have to send in at least 18 lbs. of stuff, or about 50 flip-flops, at a time to get the special deals offered) and then go online to the TerraCycle website to print your free shipping label and get started saving the environment AND saving money.
And with all the money you save from the coupons and special offers you get, just think of how many more flip-flops you can add to your collection!