Here’s something you don’t see every day. A talented Filipino guy by the name of Elmer Padilla waves the internet because he crafts AMAZING looking “action figures” from rubber scraps or flip-flops.
Flip flops are pure summer fun, but they’re also a major water pollutant, and the Philippines are notorious for discarding vast amounts of them into the Indian Ocean. One Filipino street vendor is combating the problem and supporting his family at the same time by turning the dozens of worn-out flip-flops he finds into wickedly cool action figures, and now everyone on the Internet wants to buy them.
Elmer Padilla, a father to 2 daughters, lives in Manila but works as a construction worker in the village of Imus, where he has also set up shop with his impressive foam creations. When a friend of Padilla’s, Adrian Bernabe, shared photos of his work on a Facebook group dedicated to Filipino art, he went viral with almost 3 thousand shares. Eventually, the photos reached Reddit, where they received a further 85 thousand upvotes.
People are very impressed with his craft and he didn't see he could be famous by somehow. Social media users around the world are now begging to know where and how they can buy these fabulous figurines, but Padilla has yet to weigh in on his newfound fame. Scroll down to see them for yourself, and check out similar work by Kenyan art collective Ocean Sole, a charitable group of people who makes different products out of the trash found in the oceans and waterways that are killing human and marine life in their journey from the dumps to the beaches.
People on Reddit acknowledge the skill of this man and even dared to compare his works to some cheap toys can be bought in the market.
"Wow, they look better than some of the plastic Chinese knock offs."
"In 150 years we will be seeing art auctions selling "hand-crafted Filipino recycled figurines" for a million each."
"This pic made me realize how damn wasteful I am."
"Well, that's the bright side of things!"
"Seriously, I would love to create some kind of mentorship nonprofit for these kinds of skilled hard workers from the streets. It doesn't even need to be away from their home country. But with the right opportunities and support, there could be a really comfortable future for them and their loved ones."
"This is the kind of person who deserves to be given an opportunity. He's resourceful, creative and self-determined. It's too bad that he is likely the product of a system that fails to nourish those characteristics."
There you go, man! you deserve to be famous and praised. Being very resourceful on how to earn money? This is something people should see. You are now one of our inspirations. And to our readers, if you ever feel you can't get a job because of your credentials, take a look at the brighter side, maybe you have an amazing talent you could use to earn money. Just be creative and focus!
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