These eco-friendly flip flops biodegrade in less than a year

Kaycee Enerva

Kaycee Enerva

These eco-friendly Australian-made flip flops biodegrades in less than a year

The classic thong slipper, aka flip flops, is one of the world’s most-worn and popular types of casual outdoor footwear. Unfortunately, discarded flip flops made from synthetic rubber – polymers synthesised from petroleum byproducts – take decades to break down in landfill and generally cannot be recycled. 

Australian-owned business Boomerangz is seeking to change all that. Re-inventing the classic flip-flop using eco-friendly materials that biodegrade in less than a year and offer a lifetime strap warranty. 

“We wanted to create a superior thing that held together but could be easily repaired instead of buying a new pair,” said Brad Munro, founder, Boomerangz

 “Don’t throw it away, fix it! It’s slow fashion that is better for the planet and better for your wallet.” 

The inspiration for the product’s name was the unique boomerang-shaped plug, a wide “V” that folds over and pulls through the base, instead of the standard flip flop that has a round plug that easily snaps off. 

The maker says the flip-flops are made with natural rubber mixed with BMZ Bio-Foam, a trademarked organic additive that speeds up bio-degradation in a biologically active landfill.Unlike regular flip flops, they won’t linger in landfills or oceans as the product breaks down in less than a year.

In addition, the slippers have a lifetime warranty on the straps. Even if they break or get “chewed by your dog”, the company will replace them. 

Munro explained the product’s material and manufacturing are sourced from US and China, but the company is looking to build its factory in Australia in the future.

“Ultimately, we’d love to set up our factory here in Australia. If you do know of anywhere in Australia that can manufacture our custom-designed, patented and unique thongs, please, get in touch,” he added. 

Kaycee Enerva

Kaycee Enerva

A digital content manager based in the Philippines, Kaycee Enerva has written for multiple publications over several years. A graduate of Computer Science, she exchanged a career in IT to pursue her passion for writing. She's slowly practicing sustainability through period cups, and eating more plant-based food.


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