Recycling Done Right! Toys Fashioned From Discarded Shoes.

From Imgur.

Discarded flip-flops sits in a crate ready to be washed, sorted, and carved into toy animals.

Discarded flip-flops sits in a crate ready to be washed, sorted, and carved into toy animals.


Shoes are scrubbed.

Workers wash and scrub discarded flip-flops prior to them being sorted and carved.

Workers wash and scrub discarded flip-flops prior to them being sorted and carved.


Carver Daniel Lekalau, 26, uses scissors to trim the mane of a toy lion.

Carver Daniel Lekalau, 26, uses scissors to trim the mane of a toy lion.


Machinist Benedict Ndambuki uses a lathe to smooth off the rough edges of a toy elephant.

Machinist Benedict Ndambuki uses a lathe to smooth off the rough edges of a toy elephant.


Finished toy animals are laid out in rows to dry in the sun.

Finished toy animals are laid out in rows to dry in the sun.

From Imgur.


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Is TOMS Shoe’s One-For-One Model Broken?

TOMS Shoes  Blake MycoskieFastCo.Exist posted an article about TOMS Shoes and the failings of their “Buy-One, Give-One” program. It’s the much discussed idea from founder Blake Mycoskie to donate one pair of shoes in a developing country for every pair purchased. The article’s author, Cheryl Davenport, points out that the main problem with the program is that it only covers feet when more important basic needs are not being met. According to Ms. Davenport:

…the charitable act of donating a free pair of shoes serves as little more than a short-term fix in a system in need of long-term, multi-faceted economic development, health, sanitation, and education solutions.

The article mentions the work of Oliberté Footwear and their efforts in Africa to create jobs and boost the economy rather than just putting shoes on feet.

Personally, I don’t think TOMS Shoes should change their model for one basic reason: it’s simple. So many complicate the act of giving by explaining how their doing this and building that – TOMS just puts shoes on feet that wouldn’t have them otherwise. The economic benefits of providing shoes is immeasurable and the process of giving is direct and simple. TOMS, please don’t change. [FastCo.Exist]

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