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Waste to Wonder at Metropolis at Metrotown and Gift Card Giveaway

Thursday, August 8th, 2019 — 10:49am PDT
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Sponsored by Metropolis at Metrotown

The world’s largest flip flop art exhibit is coming to Burnaby, transforming an environmental hazard into something beautiful, while supporting a great local cause! Metropolis at Metrotown presents Waste to Wonder, one-of-a-kind art exhibit transforming flip flop pollution into life-size animal sculptures.

Waste to Wonder Orca

Waste to Wonder at Metropolis at Metrotown

When: August 8 to September 8, 2019
Where: The Grand Court at Metropolis at Metrotown (4700 Kingsway, Burnaby)
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In addition to the exhibit, many special Waste to Wonder activities will be taking place in the Grand Court including a selfie station with an iconic Canadian beaver sculpture, artist demo / meet and greet, upcycle bracelet workshops, upcycle Kiehl’s workshop, plastics recycling drives, contest giveaways, and more.

Waste to Wonder Bear

The Waste to Wonder exhibit consists of five life-size sculptures of Canadian at-risk wildlife (the narwhal, orca, bison, grizzly, and caribou), each of them made from recycled flip flops. More than 6,500 flip flops in total were used,  by Ocean Sole Africa, to make the sculptures, requiring 2,500+ hours of work by more than two dozen artists.

Met Waste Collage

Why flip flops? In recent years, hundreds of thousands of discarded pairs of the synthetic-rubber sandals have been found worldwide in bodies of water and along shorelines. They often are made with non-recyclable materials, and contain chemicals that are harmful to humans, animals and plants. Ocean Sole Africa is a Kenya-based social enterprise that “upcycles” flip-flop waste and turns it into animal art sculptures. Ocean Sole Africa handcrafted the custom Waste to Wonder exhibit, the organization’s largest exhibit in the world to date. This and other Ocean Sole Africa projects not only create beautiful works of art, they promote conversation about environmental issues, as well as provide employment.

During the exhibit, each sculpture will be available for purchase through an online auction (minimum bid: $5,000+). All proceeds will be donated to Variety – the Children’s Charity of BC.

Win a Gift Card

To welcome this amazing exhibition, I have a $500 Metropolis at Metrotown gift card to give away to one lucky reader! Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow Metropolis at Metrotown on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for more information about their shops, services, and special events.

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, August 16, 2019.

UPDATE The winner is Leanna!

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  1. Catherine says:

    I would love to win the $500 gift card. There’s so many amazing shops and I experience them all

  2. Christophe says:

    Me me me!

  3. Sonja says:

    Wow, $500 at Metrotown…

  4. Jan says:

    can’t even imagine

  5. Cheryl G. says:

    YAHOOO!! Back to school shopping here we come! Thanks so much for this chance!

  6. Valerie says:

    Following both on all platforms. And looking for an excuse to go to Metrotown!

  7. Hala says:

    This couldn’t come at a better time. I’m need of new pieces for clothing. I just did a purge and donated some that no longer fit

  8. Sheena says:

    Following both on FB and IG
    Fingers crossed!!

  9. Velma Sandry says:

    Well, we’ll, wouldn’t this be a fabulous birthday celebration! Shopping 🛍 makes me so happy 😁 💃

  10. Carrie Rogo says:

    Can’t wait to check out this exhibit! And if I win, I could buy new flip flops :p

  11. @Carrie – just don’t lose them in the ocean! 😉

  12. Carrie Rogo says:

    I follow both on Instagram

  13. Carrie Rogo says:

    I follow both on Facebook

  14. Michael says:

    I would love to win 🤤

  15. Nancy says:

    OMG, would so appreciate winning this! Would love to hit up Metropolis for our back-to-school haul!!
    Tweeted, liked, commented, and shared!

  16. Bonnie K says:

    What an awesome exhibit idea!

  17. Linda says:

    these look awesome, I can’t wait to see the exhibit!

  18. Paul Lam says:

    Cool info. Thanks

  19. Alicia P says:

    Would love to win

  20. Becky says:

    Done ✅ and following on Facebook as Beck far and Instagram as @Didyoumeditate

  21. Sara Chiesa says:

    Following on Facebook and Instagram. Would love to win this! 🙂

  22. Ann-Marie Vaughan says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing this exhibit.

  23. Peter mok says:


  24. Doug Mickey says:

    Interesting article

  25. Jean says:

    What a great way to re-use and remove!-from the ocean.

  26. Janet says:

    Would love to win the gift card!

  27. Christie M says:


  28. Lisa says:

    Looks like a great exhibit. 🙂

  29. Jen says:

    Thanks for sharing, this looks awesome! I’d love to win the gift card too, thanks for the chance

  30. Jen says:

    Following on Facebook

  31. Yung says:

    Hope to win

  32. Jen says:

    Following on Instagram

  33. donnapetroff says:

    what beautiful works of art cant wait to see them .thanks for the chance to win

  34. Jasmine Thoo says:

    Followed you and Metrotown!! 😀

  35. Michelle says:

    Nice haven’t been shopping in a while will check it out

  36. Anna Morris says:

    What incredible art! I would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity.

  37. Andrea D says:

    Wow this would be awesome!! I love Metropolis and Metrotown – so many great stores!! Can’t wait to check out the gorgeous artwork 🖼

  38. Magaly Diaz says:

    Will definitely be checking out this exhibit.

  39. Andrea D says:

    Following both on FB (Andy Duncan) 😊

  40. Andrea D says:

    Following both on Instagram (@andydunks85) 😊

  41. Kelly says:

    Would love this. Thanks for the opportunity!

  42. Shaun says:

    Awesome opportunity to do some back to school shopping with my plastic Conscious daughter who is been organizing PLASTIC BAG drives at her school for the past two years and helping the ladies at a retirement Centre PLARN them into SLEEPING MATS for the HOMELESS. She is excited to check out this amazing Exhibit

  43. Barbara B. says:

    Great promotion!

  44. Nadya R says:


  45. Rosemarie says:

    This is so awesome. Would really like to win. Thanks

  46. Candy says:

    Perfect back to school shopping prize. Thanks.

  47. Rachel says:

    This is awesome, I love Metrotown!!

  48. Ming says:

    Awesome! $500 to my favourite Metropolis, in time for back-to-school shopping!

  49. Kate says:

    This would be fantastic to win! Love the awareness of this exhibit of at-risk animals, and the sculptures look beautiful 🐋

  50. Tiana says:

    That would be such a treat!

  51. Jen says:

    This is a really cool venture!

  52. wen says:

    Thank you for the contest!

  53. jan says:

    yet another wonderful giveaway

  54. Maya says:

    Isn’t it kind of weird to gift a $500 shopping spree in support of the waste problems caused my mass consumerism and malls? It would be even more funny if I win with this post – in which case I’ll donate it to someone in need 🙂

  55. Mitchell Schmidt says:

    I havent shopped in so long! I’d love that gift card 😊

  56. Bonnie R says:


  57. Heidi says:

    I need to go check it out.

  58. JessicaT says:

    Super cool and unique!

  59. Anna Ngo says:

    Following both on IG. Low to win. Thank you.

  60. Paris oliver says:

    500 to spend at Metrotown would be wonderful before back to school shopping

  61. Lucie B says:

    Wow, this might be the best prize yet!

  62. Maria says:

    This would be great for our new baby girl!
    Followed on all platforms

  63. Chad Nehring says:

    This is so cool! I built a machine for a local company to shred shoes to re purpose them, so this is right up my alley!

  64. Janilla says:

    What a dream to win!!

  65. Jamilla says:

    That sounds awesome!

  66. Am says:

    This prize would be perfect for back to school!!

  67. Am says:

    Following on insta and liked on FB😊

  68. Jennifer P. says:

    Such a cool exhibition! As someone who used to live right near the beach, I can confirm that so many flip flops DO wash up on the shore! I can’t wait to go see these in person – I watched a video of these being made, and it was such a cool process. Can’t wait to see the final products right in front of me.

  69. Caitlin says:

    Wow! I love this!

  70. Jennifer P. says:

    I follow both on Instagram (@ontheroadalot)

  71. Jennifer P. says:

    I follow both on facebook (Jennifer Ward Parsons)

  72. Really Neat!! LOVE to win this TOTALLY Amazing Prize!! Thanks a million @miss604 for the chance. Followed on facebook and Instagram. claudiandrews54

  73. Jim says:

    Would love to win this!

  74. Shingly Lee says:

    Would be grateful to win the $500 gift card!

  75. Shirley Shepherd says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing this exhibit!

  76. Kam says:

    Pretty cool artwork!

  77. Angela says:

    Wow…so colourful!

  78. Sunshine H says:

    This looks like a really interesting exhibit. I was showing my daughter and she is really interested in seeing it.

  79. Sunshine H says:

    I follow both on instagram, @brighterdayssunshine

  80. Sunshine H says:

    I follow both on facebook.

  81. Wes says:

    My wardrobe desperately needs this – pick me! 🙂

  82. Jeff says:

    Great contest!

  83. Linda says:

    Very nice prize would love to shop at this mall

  84. Simone says:

    That would be awesome to win…

  85. Susan J. says:

    Looking forward to exhibit.

  86. Jeanne says:

    The new exhibition sounds quite interesting and I am hoping to go and visit. It would be wonderful to win a gift card.

  87. Susan J. says:

    Liked Metropolis and Miss604 on Facebook.

  88. Amy says:

    A very meaningful exhibition to raise awareness about waste and how it can be turned into something else!

  89. Poonam says:

    Thanks for the opportunity! I would love to go on a shopping spree at Metrotown!!

  90. Poonam says:

    I follow Miss604 and Metropolis at Metrotown on Instagram!

  91. Jen says:

    Fingers crossed

  92. Stephanie Parks says:

    Yes, please!

  93. Yvonne says:

    I love the concept of making art from waste!

  94. Gisèle says:

    What an incredible project!

  95. Carmelle says:

    Metrotown is awesome!

  96. Cindy says:

    Wow this would be amazing!

  97. Steph says:

    Love to win…love the artwork…love Metrotown…love Miss 604

  98. Roderick says:

    What a prize!

  99. GregL says:

    Nice prize

  100. Tabby72 says:

    Can’t wait to see this and shop Metrotown!

  101. Aimee says:

    I haven’t been to Metrotown since I was a teenager (way too long ago)!

  102. Cecilia Juarez says:

    A shopping spree at metrotown would be amazing!!

  103. JJ says:

    The Olympic Spirit Animals of yesteryear live on. Grizzly Gorgeous. Whales of Wonder. AbFab

  104. Tracy k says:

    Sounds like a cool exhibit!

  105. Shelley says:

    Thanks for the informative information. I never knew how harmful flip-flops, and what they are made from, could be so harmful to humans, animals, and plants. You learn something new every day.

  106. Karen says:

    I wasn’t aware of the harm flip flops have on the environment. Thank you for the information.

  107. Maryanne says:

    We visited yesterday? The sculptures were amazing!

  108. Maryanne says:

    Following both on IG solace76

  109. Maryanne says:

    Following both on Facebook!

  110. Susan says:

    I would give this to a Syrian regugee family we know who needs back-to-school clothes for their 6 kids!

  111. Kim C says:

    So many great stores at Metrotown!

  112. jane says:

    Looking forward to seeing the exhibit and enjoying the mall.

  113. leana says:

    This looks like such a great exhibit!

  114. Mei LING LIU says:

    thanks for the chance

  115. Mei LING LIU says:

    i followed both pages

  116. Leana says:

    Followed both on IG @vancouverite111

  117. Leana says:

    Liked both on fb!

  118. Karen says:

    Heading there with my kids today to check it out!

  119. Lisa Nguyen says:

    Posting for a chance @ the prize!

  120. Fion says:

    Would love a shopping spree!!

  121. Claire says:

    Perfect timing for Back to university shopping! That would help terrifically! Thanks.

  122. Gregory says:

    Back to school shopping!

  123. Roberta Neilson says:

    What beautiful art! Upcycling makes this art even more inspiring!

  124. dane says:

    Good timing

  125. brandon forsyth says:

    Following both already on facebook! thanks for the awesome contest

  126. Tammy says:

    So much fun!

  127. Cara says:

    What a great idea!

  128. Jason Bamford says:

    Solid idea.

  129. Yve says:

    Yes, please!

  130. David Hunt says:


  131. Charles Au-Yeung says:

    I could use $500 to make my wife happier.

  132. Renate says:

    This will be an interesting exhibit! Thanks for the contest

  133. Tiff says:

    Thanks for highlighting this exhibit and an issue many of us haven’t known or given much though to. I’m in the market for new flipflops and would love to win a gift card to get some environmentally friendly flipflops for the family. Is there somewhere we can drop off old flipflops for upcycling?

  134. Sara Lima says:

    This is my mall! I’ve been to a ton of movies and window shopping over the last few weeks, since it’s been so hot, lol. 🙁

  135. Sara Lima says:

    I already followed both you and Metropolis on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

  136. Linda Webster says:

    What a great way to use discarded flip flops!

  137. Patrick says:

    Excellent contest!

  138. Amanda says:

    I would love to win a 500 dollar gift card! This exhibit looks interesting! 😊

  139. Suki says:

    What a great idea for an exhibit, thanks for sharing!

  140. carolyn says:


  141. Emma Berg says:

    What a great exhibit and giveaway to bring attention to sustainability!

  142. Michael B says:

    Nice prize…my daughter will have it spent in no time…lol 🙂

  143. Chris Corson says:

    I visited the exhibition on Thursday and it was wonderful, and also thoughtful, as Metropolis displays always are. I already follow both Miss 604 and Metropolis on all my social media. Lifetime Burnaby resident here 👊 first South now North 🤗

  144. Elizabeth B says:

    This would be a wonderful prize to win to treat the family! I follow both accounts on Facebook and Instagram 🙂

  145. Ariana says:

    What a great exhibit!! This poor university student cud sure use a metropolis gift card!!

  146. Karima says:

    My environmentally conscious daughter and I saw the exhibit. Very creative!! She cud sure use a gift card to get ready for university!!

  147. Sandy Y says:

    Amazing sculptures 🙆🏻 !!

  148. Heather says:

    What an awesome display and use of flip flops. I need to go and see it in person tomorrow.

  149. selina yee says:

    Wow what a super cool exhibit! And gosh a gc for metro! What could be better! Woohoo!

  150. HOLLY says:

    I would so appreciate winning this! The exhibit looks fantastic.

  151. Whoa! Beautiful sculptures and colorful too! I haven’t been to Metrotown in months only shopping our family has done was groceries and gas and a movie. This would be amazing to take my two sons sheldon and Paul shopping before school kicks in. Your amazing at Miss604

  152. nerissa says:

    Yes please.

  153. Cindy says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! Followed in both FB and IG

  154. Heather says:

    Metrotown is so much more than a mall with all our favourite stores!! I love the exhibits and how they bring so much awareness to important issues!! Keep up the great work!! 💕

  155. Heather says:

    Following both on Instagram Twitter and Facebook ☺️

  156. Hersh says:

    Wow, great prize.

  157. Dana says:

    Just got a new job and could definitely use $ for some new clothes!

  158. Linda says:

    That is amazing! Metrotown is great for browsing.

  159. Debbie F says:

    Awesome giveaway! Thank you.

  160. Sophia says:

    Awesome contest! I love metrotown ♡

  161. Sophia says:

    I love metrotown!

  162. Sophia says:

    Wow amazing prize

  163. Paola says:

    Saw the exhibit today, it’s so pretty that I kept on forgetting what they were made from.

  164. Donald says:

    Perfect for back to school shopping!
    Pick me please.

  165. Carol says:


  166. Carol says:

    Followed on the gram!

  167. Don W. says:

    Innovative exhibit will help educate and promote environmental sustainability.

    Thanks for the contest. Winning the gift card will help with our kids’ back to school shopping.

  168. Stotes says:

    This would be great!

  169. Carol W. says:

    What an interesting exhibit. A great way to re-cycle.

  170. Carly B. says:

    Would love a shopping spree and to see the exhibit. It looks stunning!

  171. Andrew F says:

    I’m following you both on IG. This would help so much for the upcoming Christmas shopping season!

  172. Kelly says:

    What a great prize!

  173. Lucia M. says:

    Really? It’s happening already at metro. Then I better go check out the stuff soon.

  174. Gloria says:

    What a cool exhibit! I will definitely check this out next time I’m at metrotown!

  175. Rob says:

    Upcycling is such a great idea for those things we can’t do without.

  176. Ricky says:

    Following both accounts on Instagram and Fbook. This is the best mall I have ever been to. Something for everyone in the family. And a great exhibit to check out too.

  177. Kristy says:

    A shopping trip to Metrotown would be great!

  178. Emily says:

    Looks like such a cool exhibit!

  179. Shelley Butcher says:

    What an amazing exhibit! I’m really looking forward to checking it out.

  180. mike says:

    thanks for the chance

  181. Francine E. says:

    Great exhibit article! Thanks also for contest entry 😊

  182. Diane To says:

    thanks for the chance!

  183. Lester C says:

    yes please!

  184. Felice R says:

    Would love to win!

  185. Tirzah says:

    I love metrotown!

  186. Jill K says:

    Following on Facebook !

  187. Jill K says:

    Following on Instagram 🙂

  188. Jill K says:

    Thank you for letting us know about this cool exhibit. So colourful and a great cause to highlight and charity to support.

  189. Kim Rees says:

    Walk past these every day they are so cool!

  190. Rebecca says:

    Amazing prize. Perfect for the whole family.

  191. Rebecca says:

    Following both on Facebook

  192. Rebecca says:

    Following both on Instagram

  193. Albert says:

    Nice use of old flip flops.

  194. Amanda P says:

    What a great way to raise awareness using art to entice people.

  195. LyNdA says:

    Will wear my flip flops 🙂

  196. TED says:

    Brilliant !!!!

  197. LL says:

    UH-MAZING !!!! You would never believe these are made from flip flops !!!!

  198. Debbie D says:

    The exhibits look so cool.

  199. Kathleen B says:

    What a great prize!

  200. Kathleen B says:

    Following both on Facebook

  201. Kathleen B says:

    Following both on Instagram

  202. ldyena says:

    Would love it!

  203. Adrian On says:

    Would love to win this!! I followed both on IG (@kimchichicken), liked on FB, and tweeted (@kimcheezy).

  204. Mark M says:

    Metrotown has everything.

  205. LindaM says:

    Such a beautiful display. Would love to win 500$ to spend in Metrotown.

  206. Paige S says:

    Looks like fun!!

  207. Jackie says:

    Would love to go shopping. Thank you so much.

  208. rkdhil says:

    Wonderful for back to school shopping!

  209. Remy says:

    Great article!

  210. Jessica Roberts-Farina says:

    My gawd I could really use this! My runners have tears and holes in them and my parka is shedding lol. Oy vey!

  211. Anna Ngo says:

    Following Metropolis at Metrotown & Miss604 on Instagram

  212. Anna Ngo says:

    Following Metropolis at Metrotown & Miss604 on FB

  213. Anna says:

    Following Metropolis at Metrotown and Miss604 on Instagram

  214. bjh says:

    I’d get Christmas shopping done early…for the next few years!

  215. Katie M says:

    A $500 gift card to the best mall around would be awesome.

  216. Meredith says:

    So colourful!

  217. Meredith says:

    Following both on IG too

  218. Cindy says:

    Follow both on IG

  219. Cindy says:

    Like both on FB too!

  220. Andy C. says:

    No flipflopping, this is a great prize!

  221. AlexM says:

    Back to school shopping!

  222. Jenn E says:

    Awesome on Metropolis at Metrotown & Waste to Wonder for making this happen. Sounds like a fun and informative exhibit!

  223. Julia says:

    Love upcycling! What a great cause & prize to win! 🙂

  224. Jean says:

    Who wouldn’t appreciate a $500 gift card to Metropolis @ Merotown!!!!!

  225. Amy says:

    Done!!! Commented and liked on all channels!!! 🤞🤞🤞

  226. Kat says:

    Great giveaway!

  227. Karen Miller says:

    This is a wonderful prize!

  228. Gregory says:

    I would love this prize!

  229. Michelle W says:

    Awesome! I could really use some new clothes for the Fall!

  230. Janet says:

    Great prize! Thx for the chance!

  231. Alex says:


  232. Harmony Bongat says:

    Wow, this exhibit sounds really interesting! I’ll check it out for sure ☺️ And I would love to win a $500 gift card, please enter me!

  233. KittyPride says:

    Metrotown is always hosting such diverse events.

  234. Rebeccak says:

    Oh that’s awesome

  235. Amber K says:

    interesting and cool idea for art!

  236. Virginia S. says:

    Yes please. It’s the perfect way to prepare back to school.

  237. Tammy says:

    Great place to go to !

  238. Alan says:


  239. Scott says:

    Time for some retail therapy.

  240. Kaveh says:


  241. Vicki says:

    My favourite mall for shopping!

  242. I could use some shopping $ and this exhibit looks awesome.

  243. Anita says:

    sounds great!

  244. Looks like an informative & educations exhibit, and a good cause raising awareness for plastic reduction! WIN WIN

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