Kenya co. turns old sandals into colorful objects

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(Ben Curtis)
In this photo taken Monday, April 29, 2013, carver Jackson Mbatha, 40, poses next to an unfinished large toy giraffe he is making from pieces of discarded flip-flops, in front of a painted workshop wall at the Ocean Sole flip-flop recycling company in Nairobi, Kenya. The company is cleaning the East African country's beaches of used, washed-up flip-flops and the dirty pieces of rubber that were once cruising the Indian Ocean's currents are now being turned into colorful handmade giraffes, elephants and other toy animals. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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(Ben Curtis)
In this photo taken Monday, April 29, 2013, a female worker washes some finished toy animals made from pieces of discarded flip-flops, in a bucket at the Ocean Sole flip-flop recycling company in Nairobi, Kenya. The company is cleaning the East African country's beaches of used, washed-up flip-flops and the dirty pieces of rubber that were once cruising the Indian Ocean's currents are now being turned into colorful handmade giraffes, elephants and other toy animals. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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(Ben Curtis)
In this photo taken Monday, April 29, 2013, finished toy animals made from pieces of discarded flip-flops are laid out in rows to dry in the sun, having just been washed, at the Ocean Sole flip-flop recycling company in Nairobi, Kenya. The company is cleaning the East African country's beaches of used, washed-up flip-flops and the dirty pieces of rubber that were once cruising the Indian Ocean's currents are now being turned into colorful handmade giraffes, elephants and other toy animals. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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(Ben Curtis)
In this photo taken Monday, April 29, 2013, machinist Benedict Ndambuki, 36, uses a lathe to smooth off the rough edges of a toy elephant made from pieces of discarded flip-flops, at the Ocean Sole flip-flop recycling company in Nairobi, Kenya. The company is cleaning the East African country's beaches of used, washed-up flip-flops and the dirty pieces of rubber that were once cruising the Indian Ocean's currents are now being turned into colorful handmade giraffes, elephants and other toy animals. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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(Ben Curtis)
In this photo taken Monday, April 29, 2013, a pile of discarded flip-flops sits in a crate ready to be washed, sorted, and carved into toy animals, at the Ocean Sole flip-flop recycling company in Nairobi, Kenya. The company is cleaning the East African country's beaches of used, washed-up flip-flops and the dirty pieces of rubber that were once cruising the Indian Ocean's currents are now being turned into colorful handmade giraffes, elephants and other toy animals. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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(Ben Curtis)
In this photo taken Monday, April 29, 2013, worker Jacqueline Achien washes discarded flip-flops in a bucket prior to them being sorted and carved into toy animals, at the Ocean Sole flip-flop recycling company in Nairobi, Kenya. The company is cleaning the East African country's beaches of used, washed-up flip-flops and the dirty pieces of rubber that were once cruising the Indian Ocean's currents are now being turned into colorful handmade giraffes, elephants and other toy animals. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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(Ben Curtis)
In this photo taken Monday, April 29, 2013, Jackson Mbatha, 40, uses a knife to carve part of the neck of a large giraffe he is making from pieces of discarded flip-flops, at the Ocean Sole flip-flop recycling company in Nairobi, Kenya. The company is cleaning the East African country's beaches of used, washed-up flip-flops and the dirty pieces of rubber that were once cruising the Indian Ocean's currents are now being turned into colorful handmade giraffes, elephants and other toy animals. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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(Ben Curtis)
In this photo taken Monday, April 29, 2013, a worker washes and scrubs discarded flip-flops prior to them being sorted and carved into toy animals, at the Ocean Sole flip-flop recycling company in Nairobi, Kenya. The company is cleaning the East African country's beaches of used, washed-up flip-flops and the dirty pieces of rubber that were once cruising the Indian Ocean's currents are now being turned into colorful handmade giraffes, elephants and other toy animals. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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(Ben Curtis)
In this photo taken Monday, April 29, 2013, Jackson Mbatha, 40, sits with some of the discarded flip-flops he will carve up and glue together to make a large giraffe, at the Ocean Sole flip-flop recycling company in Nairobi, Kenya. The company is cleaning the East African country's beaches of used, washed-up flip-flops and the dirty pieces of rubber that were once cruising the Indian Ocean's currents are now being turned into colorful handmade giraffes, elephants and other toy animals. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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(Ben Curtis)
In this photo taken Monday, April 29, 2013, carver Daniel Lekalau, 26, uses scissors to trim the mane of a toy lion he is making from pieces of discarded flip-flops, at the Ocean Sole flip-flop recycling company in Nairobi, Kenya. The company is cleaning the East African country's beaches of used, washed-up flip-flops and the dirty pieces of rubber that were once cruising the Indian Ocean's currents are now being turned into colorful handmade giraffes, elephants and other toy animals. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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(Ben Curtis)
In this photo taken Monday, April 29, 2013, finished toy animals made from pieces of discarded flip-flops are laid out in rows to dry in the sun, having just been washed, at the Ocean Sole flip-flop recycling company in Nairobi, Kenya. The company is cleaning the East African country's beaches of used, washed-up flip-flops and the dirty pieces of rubber that were once cruising the Indian Ocean's currents are now being turned into colorful handmade giraffes, elephants and other toy animals. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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(Ben Curtis)
In this photo taken Monday, April 29, 2013, company owner and marine conservationist Julie Church poses for a photograph on a pile of pieces of discarded flip-flops used in a children's play area at the Ocean Sole flip-flop recycling company in Nairobi, Kenya. The company is cleaning the East African country's beaches of used, washed-up flip-flops and the dirty pieces of rubber that were once cruising the Indian Ocean's currents are now being turned into colorful handmade giraffes, elephants and other toy animals. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

NAIROBI, Kenya – The colorful handmade giraffes, elephants and warthogs made in a Nairobi workshop were once only dirty pieces of rubber cruising the Indian Ocean's currents.

Kenya's Ocean Sole sandal recycling company is cleaning the East African country's beaches of used, washed-up flip-flops.

Workers in Nairobi make about 100 different products from the discarded flip-flops. In 2008 the company shipped an 18-foot giraffe to Rome for display during a fashion week.

Company founder Julie Church says the goal of her company is to create products that people want to buy, then make them interested in the back-story.

Workers wash the flip-flops, many of which have been repaired several times. Artisans then glue together the various colors, carve the products, sand and rewash them.

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