Some people speak of compassion for animals and eco-systems as if it is a recent development in human cultures, but this could not be further from the truth. Throughout human history there have always been societies that rejected the exploitative model of human / non-human relations. One of my favorite examples are the Bishnoi people of India.

Around 540 years ago Guru Jambheshwar rejected his caste privilege and  started a society in the desert where people of any background could live together in equality. He issued 29 commandments to the citizens of his new society, including many calling for the protection of plant and animal life, strict vegetarianism, and a rejection of intoxicants. 

To this day the society he started persists, and it’s citizens have defended, sometimes with their very lives, the rights of non-humans. Two centuries ago a Bishnoi woman by the name of Amrita Devi sought to protect trees sacred to her tribe from being cut to build a palace for King Maharajah Abhay Singh. Soldiers were sent and demanded a bribe to leave the trees alone, but Amrita refused, saying that she would rather die than treat her beliefs and land as a commodity to be bought and sold. She was killed, along with 363 other Bishnoi- but in the end the trees were saved.

This should not be taken as a sign that the Bishnoi are always passive when it comes to earth and animal defense.Their tactics have a broad range and nuance, and adapt to new challenges. For example, in recent years the Bishnoi have come into conflict with hunters in their region, at times chasing them down and stoning them for shooting animals. In one famous incident a Bollywood actor by the name of Salman Khan was chased by Bishnoi villagers after he killed a black buck on tribal lands. When asked by the media what would have happened if Khan had been caught, one Bishnoi woman answered, “We would have killed him.”

Chipkos x David Palmer = $18,000 Flip Flops

Now before you you get your panties in a knot:
“Each pair sold will also get you 100,000 square feet of Costa Rican rainforest, an introduction to Palmer, a night at the LEED-certified Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, and they’re even throwing in a complimentary piece of Palmer’s reclaimed wood and glass artwork.”

World’s most expensive flip flops. A product of the eco-friendly footwear company Chipkos and L.A. artist David Palmer.
And they cost $18,000.


Are you wondering WHY they cost that much?
Maybe they’re made with the skin of virgins.
Maybe they’re solid gold.
Maybe they come equipped with an attractive man to put them on your feet every morning?

They actually cost $18,000 BECAUSE they guarantee the protection of 100,000 square feet of endangered rainforest land in Costa Rica.

So, essentially, for $18,00 you’re buying flip flops AND prime real estate in Costa Rica.  Except you don’t actually get the land you’re buying.
SO…… worth it????



… or is it…?

Just think of all the… lizards… (or whatever animals live in Costa Rica) that will get to enjoy 100,000 square feet of rainforest because of you. And everytime you put on your flip flops you’ll think, “These cost $18,000. Those ‘effing monkeys or whatever had better be loving their 100,000 square feet. $18,000!?!?!?”

So FREAKIN’ eco-friendly/expensive.

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Summer may be on it’s way out, but David Palmer and the flip flop brand Chipkos have found a way to get our attention with a pair of beach wear anyway…

These babies cost $18,000! But it’s for a good cause, find out more here

If you’ve got $18,000 laying around and want to take a break from your $1,695 Louboutins and in addition want to be ecofriendly, this is your chance. The pair of flip flops you see above have been hand-painted by Los Angeles artist David Palmer for Chipkos and are now for sale for a low price of $18,000. With this amount of money you could easily buy a lifetime supply of Havaianas but with the purchase of the world’s most expensive flip flop, you will be protecting 100,000 square feet of rain forest land. Fair deal, right? Plus common, if you are going to leave your sky high stilettos at home, at least do it in the most posh & charitable way possible.

To wrap up the 1970s, a brief history of the decade:

Indira Gandhi was elected Prime Minister with a decisive majority in 1971.

The same year the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971 resulted in the creation of Bangladesh.  Subsequently the Simla Agreement took place (the young Benzair Bhutto in Simla). 

The Shillong Accord took place in 1975.

Nav Nirman, the Bihar Movement and the Chipko Movement all began in 1974. 

Emergency was declared on 25 June 1975. It led to the arrest of many of India’s leaders.  The Emergency is a well documented period in Indian history e.g. the compulsory sterilisation program of the years, the killings at Turkman Gate, the Rajan case and the incarceration and death of Snehlata Reddy.

The lifting of Emergency in 1977 was followed by a general election which led to a new government, the first time Congress lost power after Independence. Parliament was however dissolved in 1979 and Indira Gandhi was back as Prime Minister in 1980. The same year Sanjay Gandhi was killed in an aircrash.

The Marichjhapi incident took place in 1979. The incident is referenced in Amitava Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide.

The Samba Spy Scandal also took place in 1978-1979.

MISA and COFEPOSA were the 1970s best known acronyms.

India conducted its first nuclear weapon explosion in 1974. Aryabhata was India’s first satellite followed by Bhaskara in 1979.

In 1978 the Sarda Act was amended to raise the legal age of marriage to 18 for girls and 21 for boys.

The Mathura rape case in 1972 led to amendments in laws pertaining to rape, albeit only by 1983.

The crash of Air India 855 was the biggest in Indian aviation history until the 90s.  The Morbi dam disaster took place in 1979.

India won the hockey World Cup in 1975.

Amar Chitra Katha’s major titles date back to the 70s.

Though the 1970s started with the "King of Romance", Rajesh Khanna by the end of the decade Amitabh Bachchan, the Angry Young Man persona and Sholay had all happened.

Apparently Panna Dossa was the big cheese of sari fashion in the 1970s. She started a sari store called Kalindi and designed saris for Indira Gandhi (opinions vary wildly on her as a politician but sartorially she rarely put a foot wrong) but I can’t find much else on her.

70s: The decade of innocence.

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