Join a growing tide working to rid our oceans of plastic pollution. Collaborating with fishermen and concerned citizens, 4ocean uses the sale of beautiful bracelets — made of recycled materials — to remove trash from the ocean.
The seed that started 4ocean was first planted when founders and friends Andrew Cooper and Alex Schulze took a post-graduation surf trip to Bali, Indonesia. They were devastated by the amount of plastic they saw in the ocean and the effect they saw it having on the locals there — one afternoon, they’d came across an old fishing village, where fishermen were literally pushing their boat through piles of plastic that had washed ashore. The amount of plastic pollution, they realized, was a threat to both the ocean environment and the fishermen’s livelihood. They wondered: could they find a way to protect the ocean while also benefitting fishermen? Could there be a way for fishermen to earn money by pulling plastic from the ocean?
And so 4ocean was born, with Alex and Andrew realizing they could sell 4ocean bracelets to fund the removal of plastic from the ocean. Now, each bracelet — made from recycled materials — funds the removal of one pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines. In just under two years, 4ocean has removed over 1,889,500 pounds of trash from the ocean while employing over 150 people — and both those numbers only continue to grow.
Each 4ocean bracelet is made out of 100% recycled and recyclable materials (plastic and glass), helping prevent trash from entering landfills. Each bracelet also funds the removal of one pound of trash from the ocean, cleaning coastlines and oceans in high-impact areas.
4ocean has cleaned the ocean and coastlines in 27 countries so far, and has permanent offices in both Haiti and Bali, where their growing cleanup efforts have a high impact on both the ocean environment and the local communities that surround them. All of trash collected is rinsed, sorted, and analyzed to be recycled or properly disposed of. In each country, 4ocean also works to create and join local awareness programs that educate local communities on the impact of plastic pollution and work to prevent it.