Our story began when two surfers and ocean enthusiasts, Alex and Andrew took a trip to Bali. After a day of surfing, they sat on the beach and took notice of many local fisherman going back out at night to fish in order to make money and feed their families. These locals would push their boats through alarming amounts of trash and return every morning with barely any fish. The problem of ocean trash and overfishing of the reef was something that resonated deeply with Alex and Andrew because of their love for the ocean. They became driven to think of a way to help solve the problem. Soon after, the idea of employing sea captains to ‘fish’ trash out of the ocean came to be. The two friends started 4Ocean by offering a recycled bracelet for purchase that purposefully and proudly funds the removal of trash from our oceans and coastlines – one pound at a time.
4Ocean is now a global movement that allows anyone from anywhere to join the team and help in ocean trash removal efforts worldwide. With overwhelming response from our supporters, we were able to successfully remove more than 250,000 pounds of trash from the ocean and coastlines in our first year alone. This was only made possible by the continual purchase of our Original – Signature Blue 4Ocean Bracelet and four additional Limited Edition Bracelets released in 2017. We now have seven full-time sea captains working seven days a week – all year long. In 2017 we led beach and underwater cleanups in 16 different countries all over the world and continued our mission to clean the world’s oceans and build a more sustainable future.
Every bracelet purchase will remove one pound of trash from our oceans and coastlines. This is only made possible through the continual support of our amazing supporters. We continually offer our blue 4Ocean Signature Bracelet and also release a new color Limited Edition bracelet at the turn of each month for that month’s duration. In addition to pulling one pound of trash from the ocean each Limited Edition Bracelet supports a global organization that holds primary focus on the conservation of marine life and the ocean we hold so dear. Our goal for 2018 is to remove one mIllion pounds of trash from our ocean and coastlines. We at 4Ocean are all excited to continue to work with the help of our supporters to do even more this year and in the years to come!