Pay it Forward Friday with National Flip Flop Day

Jun 2012

Happy National Flip Flop day! Who knew?? I thought this post would be a no brainier, I’d hop over to Tom’s Shoes and feature a few of their Eco friendly flip flops. I’m a big fan of their one for one program, I could add in a Pay it Forward Friday, and call it a day. But alas, Tom’s doesn’t sell flip flops…
Back to the topic at hand.
The day is organised by Tropical Smoothie Cafe, a franchise in the USA and India that wants us to ditch our shoes and socks and get our flip flops on! Now in its 6th year this annual extravaganza marks the start of summer, and the first 500 customers to appear in a store in their flip flops get a free smoothie!
There is a serious side to the campaign though. The company donates $1 for every customer that wears flip flops to Camp Sunshine. This special camp was created in 1984 for children and their families who are dealing with life threatening illnesses like cancer, kidney diseases and lupus.
Here are a few Eco- friendly options to get your flip flops on!

Havaianas and Missoni have partnered for a new eco-friendly collection of limited edition flip-flops for men, women, and children. The summer 2012 designs are made with leftover rubber pieces from Havaianas’ manufacturing process, using colorful scraps to create the iconic Missoni zigzag patterns.

The products, also feature exclusive packaging made of recyclable material and a custom satchel shoe bag. Angela Missoni, creative director of Missoni, said:
For Missoni, the relationship with nature has always been a priority. Living and working closely in touch with the natural landscapes have inspired us to capture the seasons and its changing colours into our designs. At the same time, Havaianas is firmly concerned about reducing waste, re-using and recycling of materials. With this collaboration, it’s indeed a perfect match of both our passions: fashion and respect for nature.

Missoni stores, Shoe Galleries at Selfridges London, Net-a-Porter, Havaianas online and select Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom stores will sell the summer-loving shoes in mid-June. The pairs begin at $60.

Keep ON the grass! With Kusa Flip-Flops, your lawn is underfoot whenever and wherever you walk. The shaggy Syn-Turf soled sandals let you relive one of summer’s sweet simple pleasures: wriggling your toes in the cool green grass.
Kusa Flip Flops were conceived by Yashin Radhakrishnan, an industrial designer based in Sydney, Australia who distributes them through Generate Design, a Japan-based e-commerce site. The sandals take a leaf – literally – from Mother Nature’s big book of comfortable footwear in that their insoles ape the look and feel of a lush, grassy lawn.
It makes perfect sense, after all: before shoes and sandals were invented the most comfortable place to rest one’s feet was a swatch of springy, spring-green turf pre-chilled by the morning dew.

Anyway, Kusa Flip Flops are topped with a layer of Syn-Turf, a longer and lusher type of Astroturf that’s meant to approximate everything we love about real grass while negating the green stains, ants & earthworms, the odd burr… and so on.
Even better, you never have to water your shaggy sandals (unless you want to) and they never need mowing. Trimming is perfectly acceptable, however, as long as you don’t go all Golf Green on them since Syn-Turf won’t grow back.
Kusa (which is the Japanese word for grass) Flip Flops come in three sizes (S, M and L) and are priced at 3,990 yen or around $50 per pair. For more info and to order, check out Generate Design’s website. (via Craziest Gadgets)

What’s on your agenda this weekend? I hope it involves flip flops and sand. Have a good one…….