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Cool New Recycled Flip-Flops Tap Age-Old Technique

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© Fresh Cargo . Maasai Treads team members with one of their products. Looking for a new pair of flip-flops for summer? Fresh Cargo 's latest fair-trade line, "Maasai Treads," combines locally sourced and recycled materials with indigenous sandal-making skills to create footwear that makes a stylish, sustainable statement. The U.K.-based company works with members of the Maasai community in Nairobi, Kenya, where men have been making sandals from cow hide, called "akala," for centuries. More recently, they have begun using recycled tire treads as their main material. Made From 95 Percent Recycled Materials The Fresh Cargo designs are 95 percent recycled, made from locally sourced tires, used denim and leather products from the local Nairobi market, hemp, and a locally produced cotton called kikoy. The mix of materials allows for flip-flop styles for both women and men that ...

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