Plastic Free Flip Flops Blue/Grey for Men - Waves UK
Materials: Made from 100% natural rubber (a compound that breaks down harmlessly in the ground).
Fair Rubber Association Certified: Waves flip flops are made from Fair Rubber Certified so you can be sure their rubber farmers receive fair treatment and pay.
Vegan: Waves flip flops do come in bright colours (even Neon) but their colours are created with no animal derivatives in any of the dye.
Packaging: Tags are made from recyclable twine and cardboard.
Recycling: Waves also use discarded rubber flip flops and off-cuttings from their manufacturing process and plough them straight back into new products. This system cuts down on the total amount of rubber producers need to grow, reducing water, land and energy usage.
Transport: Waves do not use air to bring the product across from Sri Lanka, they use sea freight which is the world’s most carbon- efficient form of transporting goods.
Do the flip flops contain latex?
Yes – natural rubber contains latex
ENVIRONMENT – Waves flip flops are made from 100% natural Sri Lankan rubber. This means they are 100% biodegradable, 100% recyclable, 100% vegan and helping protect our environment for future generations. The rubber is harvested, treated and crafted into comfortable flip flops using material and processes that meet the highest compliance and leave no trace on the natural world around us. This has placed Waves among the rare few all-natural rubber flip flops in the world.
PROVENANCE – Waves flip flops are inspired by the magical paradise of Sri Lanka. They are crafted entirely from genuine Sri Lankan natural rubber grown in the fertile slopes that run parallel to the rolling hills of the island.
COMFORT – Waves flip flops are not only do good but they feel great. The natural rubber allows us to bring a little piece of paradise to your feet. The elasticity and natural spongy texture allows them to mould to the unique curve of your feet, providing support right where you need it and providing the durability to cope with whatever adventure may come their way!
When you wear a pair of Waves you take a stand to protect the environment and safeguard it for tomorrow.
When you wear a pair of Waves you touch the lives of many Sri Lankans from farm to factory, you help build families and communities
When you wear a pair of Waves you make a difference.
"Waves first got the idea for all-natural rubber recycled flip flops when in Sri Lanka, the large island just off the south coast of India. Not only is the country home to numerous white sand beaches – perfect flip flop territory – but also an abundance of rubber trees.
The pairing of the two seemed obvious. It made sense to us to utilise more sustainable alternatives that the country offered.
Before long, we began sourcing rubber from the trees that carpet the country’s undulating landscape and making flip flops locally, right in the heart of this south Asian country. Not only that, we also make sure we source rubber from Fair Rubber Association approved farmers, protecting our workers and our environment.
We had to do something about the unsustainable trend in the flip flop industry. While recycled flip flops are available, the vast majority that consumers buy are disposable and quickly find their way to landfills and the oceans.
Currently, around 3 billion people purchase a new set of flip flops every year. Globally, the flip flop market is worth more than $20 billion, which is higher than the sneaker market. Polyurethane foam flip flops are the primary constituent of most products and one of the most significant pollutants of the ocean.
Here at Waves we concluded that we needed to do something. We realised that flip flop manufacturing had to get closer to the source of rubber instead of shipping it overseas from places like Sri Lanka. We also came to understand that recycled flip flops didn’t go far enough. People needed flip flops that would serve them year after year. Recycling a plastic flip flop once might only delay it entering the oceans by one year. The only solution was to use a natural compound, one that would provide many years of service and wouldn’t lead to the environmental consequences of regular polyurethane foam."