21 Recycled, Vegan, and Eco-Friendly Flip Flops

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eco-friendly-flip-flopsOf the different shoes I present on UniGuide, flip flops are a shoe-in for the highest echelons of vegan and eco-friendly shoes. Today, you can find a variety of really cool vegan flip flops that are also gentle on the planet. There are styles made with recycled plastic, upcycled tires, cork, hemp, and more. Other eco-friendly materials include natural rubber, recycled polyester, and upcycled industrial hoses.

If we could wear them every day, we probably would. Why? Because flip flops feel like sunshine, warm weather, the beach, and relaxation. But if your flip flops are made from materials that are not Earth- or animal-friendly – like plastic, certain types of foam, suede, or leather – it erodes their feel-good vibe.

Traditional Japanese Zōri Sandals

According to Wikipedia, flip flops transcend cultures, as they’re worn by people all over the world. The earliest record we have of a flip flop-style sandal was the type worn by the ancient Egyptians in 1,5oo B.C. But the modern flip flops that we all know and love today were probably inspired by the Japanese zōri, which American soldiers brought back to the U.S. after World War II.

So, if you’re getting ready for summer, going on vacation somewhere warm, bumming around town, or walking from the shower to your locker at the gym, look no further – you’ve come to the right place to find some cool flip flops that are also easy on the Earth. (And it goes without saying – on UniGuide, any flip flops you see will be vegan.)

1. Recycled Ocean Plastic Flip Flops by adidas and Parley

Adidas Parley Recycled Ocean Plastic Flip FlopsIt’s estimated that 80% of the debris that pollutes our oceans is plastic. This is why I’m a huge fan of the collaboration between adidas and Parley. Parley for the Oceans is an organization that sets out to intercept waste on the beach and in coastal communities before it reaches the ocean. They recycle this waste into threads that adidas then uses to make not only flips flops and sneakers, but also a new line of yoga and active wear. The sustainable cork foot bed in these sandals makes them even cooler. The adidas Eezay Parley Slide is available in men’s and women’s styles.

Price: $19.00 – $44.44

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2. Recycled Tire Flip Flops by Indosole

Indosole is a certified B Corporation, which means it’s a for-profit company that is certified by the nonprofit B Lab for maintaining rigorous social and environmental standards. Indosole is helping to solve a significant environmental problem by repurposing some of the billions of discarded tires that would otherwise pollute important places, like riverways, other natural habitats, and even cities, into useful footwear. Their socially conscious vegan flip flops are super popular with UniGuide visitors, so be sure to check out a pair for yourself!

Women’s Used Tire Flip Flops by Indosole

Indosole Women's Recycled Tire Vegan Flip Flops

Price: $39.00 – $45.00

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Men’s Socially Conscious Sandals by Indosole

Indosole Men's Burlap Sandals

Recycled Tire Soles of Indosole Flip Flops

Price: $39.00 – $45.00

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3. Vegan Cork and Recycled Polyester Flip Flops by SOLÉ

SOLÉ takes corporate social responsibility and environmental stewardship seriously, which led them to using cork, an all-natural and sustainable material, in their vegan and eco-friendly sandals. Plus, they incorporate other Earth-friendly materials, like hemp and recycled polyester, into their designs. SOLÉ focuses on reducing CO2 by running a business that is carbon negative. They achieve this by planting cork trees, harvesting the bark, recycling wine corks, and purchasing carbon offsets.

Women’s Vegan Flip Flops by SOLÉ

Solé Women's Vegan Sandals Hot Pink with Cork FootbedPrice: $50.02 – $89.99

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Men’s Vegan Flip Flops by SOLÉ

Solé Men's Sandals with Cork FootbedPrice: $50.03 – $88.99

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4. Recycled Vegan Flip Flops by Rider

I can’t believe I just discovered this brand! Rider is all about making socially conscious and eco-friendly sandals. Their flip flops are made with 15-30% recycled materials, and 99% of the industrial waste generated from their production is either re-used or recycled. On a monthly basis, the company recycles 960 tons of materials. And when your Rider flop flops wear out, you can send them back to the company and they’ll recycle them into something new, like the flooring for children’s playgrounds. Warning: They have so many cool, vibrant color combinations that it’s going to be hard to choose.

Rider Flip Flops for Women

Women's Recycled and Vegan Flip Flops by Rider

Price: $10.75 – $44.67

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Rider Flip Flops for Men

Price: $16.76 – $59.98

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5. Recycled Rubber and Jute Sole Flip Flops by Gumbies

Gumbies Flip Flops have their own unique look. Company founder Michel Maurer is a freedom-loving adventurer who never wanted to be boxed in to a traditional way of living. Gumbies’ design reflects that philosophy. Maurer tinkered with different materials to be used in his sandals, and eventually settled on a sole made with recycled rubber, cut into little squares, and woven together with jute. The company puts an emphasis on using the “most practical, natural, recycled, and planet friendly materials possible.”

Gumbies Flip Flops for Women

Recycled Tire Soles of Gumbies Flip Flops

Price: $24.99 – $30.00

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Gumbies Upcycled Tire Flip Flops

Price: $24.99 – $79.99

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6. Recycled Flip Flops by Patagonia

Patagonia is the granddaddy of eco-friendly product companies because after over four decades in business, they just get better and better at producing super high-quality products that are infused with environmental consciousness and low-impact materials. It’s not easy being the front runner, so I’m especially grateful to catch a ride on the momentum Patagonia’s been building since 1973.patagonia-womens-sandalPrice: $56.00

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7. Hemp Flip Flops by Rainbow Sandals

San Clemente, California-based Rainbow Sandals has a line of hemp flip flops that have a natural aesthetic. And they get the cool frayed look once they’re worn in a bit. Rainbow Sandals does make some leather versions, so be sure to check the product details. But I salute them for giving to a number of charities, with a special emphasis on education. I can’t argue with that! They offer men’s and women’s styles, and their hemp sandals comes in natural, brown, and black.

Women’s Hemp Flip Flops by Rainbow Sandals

Men’s Hemp Flip Flops by Rainbow Sandals

Women's and Men's Hemp Sandals by Rainbow SandalsPrice: $45.99

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8. Upcycled Flip Flops by Landfill Dzine

Husband and wife team Josh and Heather Carpenter started Landfill Dzine when they saw a lot of useful materials come through the family’s recycling center, which served the agricultural industry. Self-described recycling fanatics, The Carpenters saw style and innovation where others just saw trash. Landfill Dzine makes a variety of products for men, women, and kids – including belts, shoes, and bags – all made from upcycled and recycled materials.

Landfill Dzine Women’s Upcycled Flip Flops

Landfill Dzine Women's Recycled Flip FlopsPrice: $11.27 – $19.97

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Landfill Dzine Men’s Upcycled Flip Flops

Men's Upcycled Eco-Friendly Flip Flops by Landfill Dzine

Price: $14.97 – $19.97

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9. Vegan Flip Flops by Sanuk

Owned by Deckers, the Sanuk brand has a variety of shoes made that are made with vegan and natural fibers. Deckers carries some non-vegan brands, but they do put out an annual corporate social responsibility report and focus on worker safety along their supply chains.

Women’s Flip Flops Made with Yoga Mat Scraps

Sanuk Women's Yoga Joy Flip FlopPrice: $8.09- $38.84

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Men’s Canvas Yoga Mat Flip Flops

Men's Canvas Yoga Mat Flip Flops by Sanuk

Price: $10.01- $44.95

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10. Natural Rubber Flip Flops by Planet Flops

Founded by podiatrist Dr. Sylvie Shapiro, Planet Flops are made in Brazil from natural Brazilian rubber. Unlike synthetic rubber, natural rubber comes from rubber trees and is an eco-friendly material. The rubber harvesting process involves tapping into the tree to remove the sap from the bark, which does not harm the tree, yet creates an extra reason to keep them alive and thriving.

planet-flops-natural-rubber-flip-flopsPrice: $24.00 – $29.99

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11. Recycled and Recyclable Flip Flops by Okabashi

Made in the USA, Okabashi‘s sandals contain 20% recycled materials. Okabashi has their own recycling program – when you’re done with your flip flops, you can mail them back and Okabashi will use the materials to make more of their products.

Okabashi Women’s Eco and Vegan Flip Flops

Okabashi Women's Eco Vegan Flip FlopsPrice: $11.66 – $40.26

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Okabashi Men’s Eco and Vegan Flip Flops

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Price: $11.66 – $40.26

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12. Recycled, Eco-Friendly Flip Flops by Chaco

Chaco’s textured footbeds have an “Ecotread” sole that is made with a 25% recycled rubber compound. Ecotread’s construction makes these sandals 15% lighter than Chaco’s other styles, while still being durable.

Women’s Ecotread Flip Flops

Chaco Women's EcoTread Vegan Flip FlopsPrice: $35.99 – $83.00

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Men’s Ecotread Flip Flops

Chaco Men's Ecotread Vegan Flip Flops

Price: $29.23 – $59.95

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13. Hemp Flip Flops by Nirvana 8

Made from hemp, one of the most versatile and sustainable natural materials available today, Nirvana 8′s hemp sandals are imported from Nepal, where they are all handmade by local artisans in the Kathmandu Valley.hemp-sandal-rainbow-strap-nirvana-8Price range: $28.79 – $31.50

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14. Natural Rubber, Non-Toxic Flip Flops by Feelgoodz

Feelgoodz makes men’s and women’s flip flops with natural rubber. They also use all-natural dyes and non-toxic ink. You’ll find a variety of colors at a great price point. (For you vegans, they do make some styles with leather, so be sure to read the product details!)Feelgoodz Natural Rubber Flip Flops for Men and WomenPrice: $19.99 – $24.99

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15. Recycled Plastic Flip Flops by Ocean Minded

“Live, Protect, and Respect” is the philosophy that Ocean Minded lives by. They use recycled and sustainable materials in their products whenever possible. These eco-friendly and vegan sandals have recycled PET plastic in the webbing on the straps, and the midsoles are made with 25% post-industrial recycled foam. (Ocean Minded does make a few styles with leather, so be sure to read the product details before you buy.)

Ocean Minded Women’s Eco-Friendly Flip Flops

Ocean Minded Womens Recycled Flip Flops

Price: $19.99 – $24.99

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Ocean Minded Men’s Eco-Friendly Flip Flops

Ocean Minded Men' Blue or Black Recycled-Flip FlopsPrice: $29.00 – 39.99

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16. Fair Trade Flip Flops by OLLI

OLLImakes Fair Trade flip flops with natural rubber sourced in Sri Lanka. The company was founded by two sisters, The Olli Sisters, found the chemicals used in traditional flip flops to be unacceptable. So, they set out to make a better flip flop with natural rubber, but soon realized the treatment of workers on many rubber plantations was also not acceptable. The result of their innate sense of decency was to create these socially conscious, Fair Trade flip flops (plus other cool, Fair Trade products.)

OLLI Fair Trade Natural Rubber Flip FlopsPrice: $27.00

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17. Recycled Plastic Flip Flops by The North Face

The North Face’s Camp Lite Flip Flops have webbing that is made with 100% recycled PET plastic.

North Face Women’s Recycled Flip Flops
The North Face Camp Lite Recycled Flip Flops

Price: $29.99 – $44.50

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North Face Men’s Recycled Flip Flops

The North Face Camp Lite Recycled Flip Flops, Men's BlackPrice: $29.99 – $44.50

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18. Natural Woven Bamboo Grass Flip Flops

If you want an even more natural aesthetic with some ethnic fabric flair, these handmade sandals by Siam Tip will do the trick. The footbed is made with woven natural bamboo grass and the soles are natural rubber. The straps are made with vegan-friendly faux leather and upcycled fabric from skirts made by the Hmong tribe of China.

Natural Ethnic Woven Bamboo Grass Flip FlopsPrice: $34.30

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19. Ethical Flip Flops with Natural Brazilian Rubber by Musewear

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Musewear prints whimsical sayings, inspiring quotes, and zodiac signs on their flip flops, which are made from natural Brazilian rubber. With each pair you buy, they donate 15% of the price to nonprofits, such as Best Friends Animal Society and the Nature Conservancy. They also have a recycling program for their flip flops when you’re done wearing them.

Price: $20.00

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20. 100% Natural Rubber Flip Flops by Waves

Natural Rubber Flip Flops by WavesWaves makes flip flops for men and women with 100% natural rubber.

Price: $13.99 – $14.99

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21. Classic Seagrass Flip Flops

Probably the closest style you’ll find to the original Japanese zōri, these flip flops have a seagrass footbed and padded fabric straps.

Classic Seagrass Flip FlopsPrice: $9.99 – $17.99

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If you’re looking for a vegan sandal that’s a bit more adventure-ready, check out this post:

Vegan Sport Sandals for Men and Women

Vegan Sport Sandals for Men and Women

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