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4Ocean – Ocean Clean Up

4Ocean – Ocean Clean Up

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.




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.


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 #4Ocean #OceanConservation #JoinTheMovement #ConservationConversation

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‘the ocean clean up’ – New technologies to rid our oceans of plastic pollution

‘the ocean clean up’ – New technologies to rid our oceans of plastic pollution



New study reports sea surface feeders in Great Pacific Garbage Patch encounter 180 times more plastic than marine life

Delft, The Netherlands, December 21, 2017 – Surface waters of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch contain 180 times more plastic than marine life by weight, according to an international team of scientists from The Ocean Cleanup and six universities from five countries.

The new study, published today in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, reports that plastics floating in the oceanic accumulation zones, or ‘garbage patches’, carry chemical pollutants whose levels seem high enough to pose a health risk to organisms that ingest them. These findings underline that the current accumulation of plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch can already have multiple health impacts to sea life.

“It is alarming that this oceanic region has more harmful plastics than food available for sea surface feeders such as endangered sea turtles and marine birds.” says Dr Julia Reisser, co-author of the study and Chief Scientist of the study’s expedition to the patch.

This is the first time pollutant concentrations were analysed on ocean plastics of different types and sizes, from sand-sized microplastics to huge bundles of discarded fishing nets.

The ratio of ocean plastic to marine life weight was obtained by weighing the plastic and biological contents (such as algae, plankton, jellyfish, fish and eggs) captured by sea surface samplers known as Manta Trawls.

Dr Reisser explains that worldwide data on the relative amounts of plastic when compared to food available for marine animals is limited. “From personal experience sailing across oceans, I was surprised to witness the unique situation in this very remote area of the high seas. Our newly acquired data on plastic/prey ratios indicate that organisms feeding on floating particles may have plastic as a major component of their diet. Eating plastic is harmful, because it may leave animals with a full stomach without providing any nutritional value, which can lead to starvation. Our results now show there is an additional risk to also receive a portion of toxic chemicals from this ingested plastic.”

The presence of pollutants on ocean plastics is well-known, but the environmental chemistry and toxicological hazard of these substances remain poorly understood.

“We are convinced our study is an important step towards understanding the implications of oceanic garbage patches to the health of our oceans.” said lead author Dr Qiqing Chen from East China Normal University.

The study’s surveys were conducted aboard the mothership of a multi-vessel citizen science initiative known as the Mega Expedition. Laboratory analyses were conducted at Wageningen Marine Research (the Netherlands). The project was led and sponsored by The Ocean Cleanup Foundation.

[Header image © Matthew Chauvin]


credits –  ‘The Ocean Cleanup’

impressions ‘By Erwin Zwart/The Ocean Cleanup’