Inside Serena Beach Resort and Spa you will find a Human size chess near the beach. Themed around Marine Life Vs Life Cycle of a Butterfly is based on their conservation projects – ‘Marine Life’ with the King and Queen as Turtles Vs ‘Life Cycle of a Butterfly’ with the King and Queen as Butterflies.
The chess pieces have been made out of recycled flipflops that are found littered on beaches and in the various waterways of Kenya by Ocean Sole Foundation.
Ocean Sole is a social enterprise which aims to make a purposeful profit from the sale of products made from plastic and rubber recycled marine waste. It uses funds generated to become a global leader in education and behavior change in the field of marine conservation and marine debris elimination.
Using rubber/flipflop marine waste as an entry point and a vehicle, Ocean Sole offers real and replicable solutions to this global problem through trade, livelihood and conservation initiatives in coastal communities.
The chess pieces have been handcrafted to protect the oceans and create awareness about the threats of marine debris and the importance of marine conservation. The rubber soles are swallowed & suffocated on by fish & other animals, they obstruct turtle hatchlings from reaching the sea and are a man-made menace to our fragile ecosystem
The total number of discarded Flipflops that have been recycled and transformed to make the Serena Beach Resort & Spa Chess Pieces are: 2,512 Flipflops