The story begins when Alex and Andrew take a surf trip…
to Bali Indonesia that would inevitably change their lives and the fate of the ocean. Devastated by the amount of plastic in the ocean, they set out to find out why no one was doing anything about it. One afternoon they came across an old fishing village where fishermen were literally pushing their boat through piles of plastic that had washed up on shore. The two surfers realized that the proliferation of plastic threatened both the ocean environment and the fishermen’s livelihood. Could the fishermen use their nets, they wondered, to pull the plastic from the ocean? This idea stuck with the 2 surfers and they knew it was time to hit the drawing board. After realizing that the demand for seafood was driving the fishermen to focus on fish instead of plastic, they knew they had to create something that could fund the desired cleanup efforts. This is how the 4Ocean Bracelet was born.
Made from recycled materials, every bracelet purchased funds the removal of 1 pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines. In less than 2 years, 4Ocean has removed 842.211 pounds of trash from the ocean and coastlines.
4Ocean currently operates out of multiple countries and employs over 150 people worldwide.
Cleaning the ocean and coastlines, one pound at a time.
OUR CORE MISSION
Healthy oceans are critical for life on this planet. They provide the food we eat, the oxygen we breathe and their continued health depends on us.
Recycling is still an after-thought in many places around the world. So, part of our mission is to spread this awareness globally.
CREATING GLOBAL ECONOMIES
By giving ocean trash a value, we are changing the way people think about the problem and creating new economies in the process.
We only have this one planet to live on. Preserving its beauty, function and form for the next generations is the ultimate end goal.
700 species of animals are severely threatened because of ocean waste. About 12.8% of waste is plastic, which causes big problems for wildlife. Some animals mistake plastic for food, while others can become entangled in the trash. One way you can help marine life not mistake plastic for food is to not use face wash or toothpaste with micro-beads. The micro-beads go down the drain, eventually making their way to rivers, lakes, and the ocean. These toxic beads look a lot like fish food and it’s not uncommon for bigger fish and sea turtles to munch on them. To learn more about ways you can reduce plastic use go to www.4Ocean.com #4Ocean #OceanConservation #JoinTheMovement #ConservationConversation
More on this project you’ll find on www.4Ocean.com