The Flipflopi

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Plastic dhow on a mission to engage communities on plastic and the environment


Nairobi, Kenya, Africa
Year Founded
Organization Type
Non-Profit Org
Stage of Development
TRL 8- Scale Up
Value Chain Impact
Advocacy, Collection / Recovery
Partnerships, Volunteers, Donations


Key Contacts

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Ben Morison


Prior to building colourful boats out of plastic, Ben spent a decade building a travel business focused on Africa. As a direct response to the alarming degradation of this coastline by plastics, and flip-flops in particular, Ben started the FlipFlopi Project.
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Ali Skanda

Co-Founder, Master boat builder

Ali comes from a family of carpenters and dhow builders in Lamu and is a renowned 'master carver' and Dhow Fundi (builder) in his own right. He is passionate about Lamu's heritage and about preserving the health of the oceans both for marine life and coastal peoples worldwide.
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Dipesh Pabari

Co-Founder, Project leader

Having lived on the Kenyan Coast for seven years, Dipesh became addicted to trash. He was obsessed with what else one could do with all the flip-flops and discarded bottles that he picked off the beach and building giant size sculptures from flip-flops as well as houses and other structures from plastic bottles.

Ben Morison


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