4Ocean

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Who They Are

When friends and surf buddies, Alex and Andrew, took a trip to Bali–they were immediately introduced to the harsh reality of ocean plastics. Traveling through the island country, the two happened upon a fishing village, and learned just how much plastic pollution was affecting both the marine ecosystems, and the people who depend on it.

After watching village fishermen struggle to push their boats ashore through mounds of plastic waste, they thought–could they use their nets to catch plastic instead of fish? The two realized they needed a better solution, one that could clean up pollution without keeping locals from their livelihoods.

And so, 4Ocean was born. With each bracelet sale, 4Ocean is able to fund the removal of 1 pound of trash from the oceans and coastlines.


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Why We Like Them

Alex and Andrew have designed their business as a force for good. Within the first two years of business, 4Ocean has already removed 2,251,794 pounds of trash from oceans and coastlines, and they’re nowhere near stopping!

They also employ over 150 people, hosting cleanups across the world. By focusing on cleanups both above and below water, 4Ocean is taking marine health into their own hands–literally. Through these cleanups, 4Ocean works to educate local communities, businesses, and governments on the importance of tackling plastic pollution and the effects it can have on our planet. They hope that by giving plastic recover a new meaning, and creating new demand for recycled plastics, they can shift the way the world thinks about recycling and trash removal.

Each month, 4Ocean uses their platform to support a new marine cause. By partnering with organizations that focus on each cause, they’re able to support everything from manatee habitat protection and sea turtle conservation, to promoting carbon offsets to protect sea ice and polar bears.

4Ocean is also launching their own Ocean Plastics Recovery Campaign. With their very own Recovery Vessel, Panga boats, and team of 4Ocean employees, they will be able to set barricades at river-mouths, where 90% of plastics enter the ocean. Through these efforts, they’re not only hoping to remove plastic from the ocean, but stop it from getting there in the first place.

  • Handmade
    Handmade
  • Charitable
    Charitable
  • Recycled Glass
    Recycled Glass
  • Recycled Plastic
    Recycled Plastic

We support small businesses and craftspeople who create each of their products with care. Handmade products are generally produced on a small scale, without the use of large energy consuming factories and production facilities. Buying handmade helps support art, communities, and people’s livelihoods.

This company donates a portion of their time or profits to charitable efforts in their community or abroad.

Items made from recycled glass are generally made from bottles and other containers which are collected in recycling programs throughout the world. This recycled glass is taken to a facility where it’s sorted by color, cleaned, broken down, and melted. This new glass can be molded into any shape to be reused for new products. Glass can be recycled almost infinitely without losing quality, and recycling glass keeps waste out of the landfill while lowering the resources and energy used to create new objects.

Recycled plastic utilizes salvaged post-industrial plastic scraps and post-consumer products such as water bottles and other plastic containers, and transforms them into new products. The containers are sorted, crushed, and then heated to form resins, which are liquid plastics that can harden into new shapes. These resins can be molded and used to create anything from carpet to outdoor furniture. Recycling plastic lowers the amount of petroleum extracted and the production of greenhouse gasses associated with first-time plastic production. Plus, by using these existing materials, we’re benefiting from the original energy and resources spent to create them in the first place, while diverting waste from the landfill.

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