When you think about the South Pacific and Indonesia, you think white sandy beaches, palm trees swaying in the breeze, warm clear water, and...plastic. Massive amounts of plastic. Well, that last part not so much. However, the stark reality is that in this area of the world, particularly in Bali, Indonesia, which many consider to be ground zero for the ocean plastic pollution problem, there is a harsh reality that plastic is drowning the island and nearshore waters. Thousands of pounds per day are washed into the ocean and the realization that there may not be an end in sight is what motived us to open our first international headquarters there in 2018.
Now we have cleanup facilities, boats, captains, crew, and an entire team to help us process the plastic we recover. We are literally pulling hundreds of thousands of pounds per month from the ocean and coastlines in multiple locations. These dedicated individuals are doing a great service to their communities and the country by working tirelessly every day to do their part for the clean ocean movement. Check out some of the work they are doing by clicking on the images below...we couldn't be more proud of them and are so happy they are part of the 4ocean Bali Team!
So much of what we do in Bali comes from the belief that we are looking out for the next generation. Our goal is to inspire and include those that will carry the torch in the future. They will be the ones to truly solve the problem, but by planting the seeds now and leading by example, there is no doubt one or many among them will be the leaders their country and the world need to end plastic ocean plastic pollution.
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Each year we mark World Oceans Day on our calendar knowing that it's one of our biggest opportunities to reach millions of people around the world at once with our message of a cleaner ocean. This year, New York City, the United Nations, the Peace Boat, and Rockaway Beach played host to the 4ocean team for the weekend and as it turns out, World Oceans Day 2019 was an adventure beyond our wildest expectations.
Traveling 80 miles across the Gulfstream in the Atlantic Ocean can be a daunting task in a boat. Now think about making that same crossing on a paddleboard — intimidating, right? Now imagine that you have cystic fibrosis, an inherited disorder that causes damage to your lungs as well as other organs. Do you think you could make it?
For our May 2019 bracelet, we had the chance to showcase an animal that generally doesn't get a lot of attention when it comes to ocean conservation––the incredible octopus. But thanks to "Octo Girl" and her research, these animals may play an even bigger role in the future health of coral reefs and the ocean.