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.
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!