Flip Flops (or Slip Slops as I sometimes like to call them for some reason) have become a must have item for now now I live in Southern California. Autonomie Project were kind enough to send me a pair of their Ethletic flip flops for review. If you can’t see the video below, simply go here.
The flip flops 100% all natural FSC-certified rubber. The FSC-certification guarantees that the rubber was tapped from a sustainable forest in which the trees are taken care of in balance with their natural surroundings without any major clear cutting. In addition, the FSC ensures that no indigenous wildlife or people were displaced during the production of our rubber. This rubber is the only kind like it in the entire world. (Most other rubbers are man-made in a chemical factory).
Autonomie Project is a new Fair Trade fashion company offering stylish sweatshop-free & eco-friendly footwear, clothing and accessories. They also have have an interesting blog that is worth a look, with a great guide to behind the scenes of the flips flops. They’re really comfortable, not like some of the cheap foam ones you can get and they, er, flipped and flopped as required.
The facility that manufactures these flip flops and the rest of their footwear is Fair Trade certified by FLO (the Fair Trade Labeling Organization, an international auditing entity). 25% of the cost goes directly into a workers welfare fund that is distributed to the workers as a Fair Trade premium on top of their regular wages and is also used towards community projects. In 2006, proceeds from their sales went to building a community health clinic and towards offsetting health insurance for all of their workers. In 2007, the fund went towards bringing better water access to the villagers by building water pipes from the nearest well (which is a few miles away) to taps in front of each villagers house.