Trash Hacker: Old Flip-Flops = DIY Floor Protection

by Rebecca Rockefeller

Most flip-flops are cradle-to-grave products, made from virgin materials that can’t be reclaimed from the waste stream when our feet have worn them out. There are a few exceptions: feelgoodz flip-flops are made from 100% compostable natural rubber, and Old Navy and Terracycle have partnered to collect all brands of worn rubber flip-flops for downcycling into playground surfaces.

But you can also reuse your worn rubber flip-flops at home to delay their trip to your local landfill. They make fabulous foot pads for furniture, protecting your floors from wear and tear. Yes, let your chairs wear your flip-flops when they’re too worn for human feet.

Here’s how to DIY:

  • Clean your worn flip-flop.
  • Cut it to the desired size to match your furniture’s feet.
  • Glue the pads in place. We used hot glue since that’s what we have handy, but contact cement and other strong glues that work with plastic will also do the job.
  • Turn your furniture right side up and enjoy the new padding beneath you.

Still looking for flip flop reuses? Did you know they can be recycled? Visit our Trash Backwards app for reduce, reuse solutions for everything in your home.

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Do you have other reuses for old flip-flops or other cradle-to-cradle summer footwear alternatives that will keep us all from buying more non-recyclable, cradle-to-grave flops? Please do share!

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8 Comments on “Trash Hacker: Old Flip-Flops = DIY Floor Protection”

  1. Spijder
    July 7, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    This is a bit of genius! I would imagine this would also cure a wobbly chair.

    • Rebecca Rockefeller
      July 7, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

      Yes, I think this would be perfect for a wobbly chair! And if you want floor protection and a wobbly leg fix at the same time, you could shave the necessary flip flop pieces so they’re not all the same height off the ground, so that each foot has some padding at the perfect height. I’m going to toss a few chunks into my bag so I can fix wobbly cafe tables with ease from here on out – No more splashed coffee from off-balance tables!

  2. July 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    This is a great idea! I now wish I hadn’t thrown all those old flip flops away. Oh well, after this summer I am sure I will have plenty to use like this….thanks for the tip!

    • Rebecca Rockefeller
      July 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

      Thanks! If you need a flip flop sooner, check a local beach or swimming pool – I found the flip-flop I used for this post headed to a dumpster and washed it well before slicing it up. I’ve got another stash of them found around my watershed, each without a mate, ready to help out around the house as padding.

  3. July 10, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Always enjoy reading your blog, Rebecca. It is filled with good ideas and inspiration to live a simpler life. Thanks for sharing.


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