It is estimated that 3 billion people in the world wear flip flops. Since they don't last forever they end up in landfills, and worse, in the oceans. The Indian Ocean alone washes many millions of discarded flip flops onto the beaches around Kenya. Artists there have been taking the old footwear and re-purposing them into usable objects -- most fantastically into beautiful animal sculptures.
Once upon a time on the Yucatan peninsula there lived a beautiful princess who fell in love with the prince of a rival tribe. Their love was forbidden and they could never marry. When the prince was caught he was sentenced to death. A shaman took pity on the couple and changed the prince into a beetle that could be decorated. The princess was able to wear her love over her heart as a piece of jewelry -- or so the story goes. That is supposedly why women in Mexico wear live Maquesh beetles as jewelry.
A new venture fund for pet tech is being subsidized by Mars, the candy maker. Investing $100 million this new initiative aptly named the ‘Companion Fund’ is directed by Whistle, a GPS-based location firm [acquired by Mars in 2016] for $117 million.