We spent the weekend cleaning areas in both the Middle and Upper Florida Keys, areas that were damaged and heavily impacted by the accumulation of marine debris during Hurricane Irma. You won't believe what our before and after pictures look like!
It turns out that some iconic Spring Break hotspots are extremely important, ecologically valuable areas to the species that call them home. Plastic pollution left behind by Spring Break revelers can cause tremendous harm to endangered species and critical habitats, so have fun but always clean up afterward.
In our Meet the Team Blog Series, we will take a look at some of the 4ocean employees cleaning up the ocean and coastlines around the world. We all know the problem of ocean plastic pollution is a complicated one, but we have people like Captain Louie out there every day tackling the problem head-on!
Microplastics are on the menu for some of the smallest and deepest-living animals in the ocean. A study of amphipods from places like Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench shows they are eating these plastics at an alarming rate. Find out how this material is making its way to them and see what regular activity may be to blame.
Back in January 2019, a NOAA expedition to the subantarctic waters off Chili potentially documented a new species of orca alive for the first time in the wild! Perfect timing considering that the news coincides with the launch of our 4ocean Orca Bracelet (or maybe it's just coincidence), but either way, we are super excited to hear the news.
People around the world are becoming more and more aware that the fashion industry has a long way to go to become fully sustainable. However, when one up-and-coming fashion designer approached us to be a part of her runway show at New York's famous Fashion Week, we jumped at the chance to bring attention to recycling and sustainability in the fashion industry as well as the problem of ocean plastic pollution.
This past weekend, we partnered with the amazing team at Tervis® Tumbler to host a community beach cleanup in Siesta Key, Florida, which is a barrier island situated just off the coast of Sarasota. It's been voted the nation's best beach—twice—but that doesn't mean it's immune to the ocean plastic crisis. Check out all the trash we recovered!
For those headed to Mardi Gras this weekend, we are jealous...but please just be mindful that the party doesn't end at the end of the night; its plastic hangover can last hundreds if not thousands of years. Hundreds of tons of plastic beads and other single-use plastics are collected throughout Carnival all the way through Fat Tuesday.
It took us almost a full year and 7 months to pull our first 1 million pounds and just a little over 7 months to pull our next 3 million pounds. Today, we celebrate the 4 millionth pound of trash pulled by our employees from the ocean and coastlines. We couldn't have done it without loyal, ocean-loving customers like you.
With all our complex measurement tools and fancy scientific data collection techniques, it may be one of the most simple creatures in the ocean that could become our greatest ally on the journey to understand microplastic pollution in the ocean on a global scale.
The concept of Extended Producer Responsibility or EPR is not a new concept but it is gaining steam again as a way to help solve the ocean plastic pollution problem. The burden of plastic waste, collection and recycling are now squarely on the shoulders of consumers and governments. EPR shifts that responsibility back to manufacturers and producers.
We want you to break the habit of single-use plastic straws, so in this post, we explain why it's so important and give you an alternative that is just as good. Curbing ocean plastic pollution starts with you and the small decisions you make every day.
A "nurdle" sounds like a cute and cuddly imaginary animal you might find in the stuffed toy section of your local big box store. But nurdles are actually tiny microplastics being consumed by fish that harbor all kinds of pathogens on their surfaces. Take a deeper look at the tiny world of nurdles.
4ocean Bali is a testament to the drive, courage, and persistence of the individuals who work tirelessly to clean the ocean and coastlines against an onslaught of plastic and trash, inspiring the next generation to think about the future to solve the plastic pollution problems of tomorrow.
The global ocean plastic pollution problem has reached crisis level and it is going to take an army to solve it. Now, there is a global competition that just launched from National Geographic and Sky Ocean Ventures that is calling on all ocean warriors to submit their ideas in hopes of curbing the problem.
It is so important for the future of sea turtles that we research and follow them through their entire life cycle to make sure we understand the threats they face and what we can do to help them recover. In this post, we revisit the FAU Marine Research Lab to check in on their baby sea turtles from last year and the research being done to brighten their future.
When you think of the Caribbean, images of white sand beaches, palm trees, and crystal clear water are probably dancing in your head. However, there is a dark secret that you might not know about. Ocean plastic pollution is a major problem on many of the islands and 4ocean is on a mission to clean it up.
During the weekend of the football Pro-Bowl in Orlando, we hosted a cleanup at the nearest beach to the game, Daytona Beach, Florida. And professional football player Josh Rosen attended to make it extra special. Over 600 people showed up and the trash count was impressive, check it out in this post.
Manta Rays are some of the most majestic creatures in the ocean. However, they are under threat from many directions and it takes organizations like our partner, the Oceanic Preservation Society, to bring their plight to life through films and education efforts.
So much of the conversation around single-use plastic focuses on the consumer having to come up with ways to reduce, reuse and recycle what we use. Well, how about the companies that produce the plastic in the first place? Take a look at what some companies are beginning to do because their customers are speaking up.
4ocean's main headquarters is located in Boca Raton, FL and is where our first community beach cleanup was held. It's also where our daily cleanup crew operations started before expanding to multiple areas in South Florida and then to Indonesia and the Caribbean soon after. To celebrate our two-year anniversary, we decided to host a cleanup right where it all began. And as far as attendance goes, it was our biggest ever!!!
Microplastics have found their way into our food chain through the ingestion of contaminated fish, shellfish and even sea salt which potentially is putting human health at risk. In this post, we take a look at the food web and see just how easy it is for these microplastics to get into our system.
In this third installment of the "A History of...." blog series, we take a look at the history and stigma of the plastic bottle. It had innocent enough beginnings, but it was a "bottle war" that exploded the ocean plastic epidemic onto the world. Now we're left to figure out the aftermath of the battle and come up with solutions on how to find a better and more sustainable way forward.
In our ongoing effort to bring awareness to how and why the plastic pollution crisis has become so widespread, we take a look at the history of the plastic bag in the second of our "A History of...." blog series. Maybe people a thousand years ago had it right with the reusable bag idea, we'll let you be the judge.