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I got my flippy floppies!

I had bought a pair of Cobian flip flops about 5 (at least) years ago.

cobian flip flop blue

Cobian Shattered

I liked the flops because they had the surf style traction pads for the foot bedding.  Super non slick one would think!  Indeed they were, and uber comfortable too.  For $20, they were half the price of any other flip flop I had bought since 2001.

old cobians

old cobians

My flops go through the wringer as they are used daily, all daily, every daily.  I would be lucky to get a full year out of a pair before having to move onto another.  The tops and bottoms would wear down so bad that my foot would be sliding on the shoe, and the shoe sliding on the ground.  Not good when you work on boats.  Even though the bottoms of the Cobian’s wore down to nothing pretty fast, they have managed to stay in my possession for much longer than any other flop I have owned.  Partly because they are so comfortable.

old cobians

And now they have found new life… being reused in the form of a puppy chew toy!  What amazes me most, is they are still fully intact.  I’m blown away!  Rasta has razer sharp teeth and has dispatched a lot of other toys (shoes) pretty quickly, but these blue Cobian’s, take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’!

old cobians as chew toy

Flippy floppity chew toy

on the battlefield with all the other chew toys

island of misfits

If feels good finding a new way to repurpose something that would otherwise end up in the land fill.  And at this current moment, these flip flops, are acting as extra shingle for our roof!  Any one have a ladder we could borrow?  Seriously.




For years we have both been recycling as much as possible as well as selling or donating all of our old clothing and household items.  I have always hated seeing perfectly good objects being thrown out in the trash.  At my last job, I noticed a LOT of things though very old, still very usable to somebody (somewhere) being tossed into the dumpster (some still in the original packaging!!).

This is when I stumbled across a great resource called FREECYCLE.  Straight from their website:

“It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.”

Essentially what you do is, log on to Freecycle, post on their forum what it is you have with the word “OFFER” in the title and wait for someone to respond saying they want it.  Likewise, if you are looking for something for yourself, you post what it is you want with “WANTED” in the title.

Through Freecycle I have found lots of good homes for old bikes, stickers, posters, boxes, appliances, shirts, odd trinkets and parts.  I even helped out a local school teaching kids about urban city gardening with my donation of about 40 used 5 gallon oil buckets.