Our Impact

Cleaning the ocean,
rivers, and coastlines,
one pound at a time

Our captains and crews recover trash from the ocean and coastlines seven days a week

TOTAL RECOVERED SINCE 2017

lbs

WEEK OF

All data is collected and stored in the 4ocean TrashTracker™ and was last updated
TrashTracker™ does not represent the amount of products sold

Cleanup Operations

We are a global cleanup operation

Location

Bali,
Indonesia

Location

Port-au-Prince,
Haiti

Location

Puerto Barrios,
Guatemala

Location

South Florida,
United States

Tracking Pounds

Every pound pulled is documented and tracked

We take our cleanup operations seriously and always go the extra mile to ensure each mission is as effective as possible and properly documented. There are several steps taken on each expedition to document and track each and every pound pulled such as on-site photos, weighing individual trash collection sacks, TrashTracker™ log sheets, and more.

In these images, please find an example of the step-by-step process taken to document each mission and the amount of trash recovered by our crew members. The entire process is verified by the Better Business Bureau.

Step 1:
A picture is taken of the entire cleanup crew before they leave the main facility
Step 2:
The impact zone is carefully photographed before our captains and crews start recovering any trash
Step 3:
Photos are taken throughout the cleanup to document the crews’ progress
Step 4:
The impact zone is photographed again once our crews are finished cleaning
Step 5:
All of the trash collected is photographed alongside the crew that collected it.
Step 6:
The entire weighing process is photographed. The scale and a member of the cleanup crew must be visible in every photo. Once weighed, the trash is loaded onto the 4ocean vehicle and photographed again before it’s transported back to our main facility.
Step 7:
A designated crew member completes a TrashTracker™ Documentation Sheet, which includes the date, time spent cleaning, number of captains and crew involved, weight of each collection sack, amount of trash loaded onto each vessel, and total weight of the trash collected. Then a recorder and administrator double the recorded information for accuracy and dually authorize the TrashTracker™ Documentation Sheet with their signatures.
Step 8:
All of the data from the TrashTracker™ Documentation Sheet is uploaded into our digital TrashTracker™ by the end of each business day. The TrashTracker™ is audited and verified quarterly by the Better Business Bureau.

Cleanup Strategies

How do we recover ocean plastic?

People

The best way to recover plastic is by using our own two hands, fishing nets, or other tools.

Vessels

Having the right vessel is extremely important because each ecosystem is unique.

Boom Systems

We often leverage boom systems to stop plastic before it can get into the ocean.

Skimmers

Developing clean ocean technologies improves our cleaning efficiency.

Processing Plastic

What do we do with the plastic we recover?

We are often asked what happens to all of the plastic we remove from the ocean. Well, once the plastic is collected by our captains and crews, it is then weighed, photographed, and logged into our TrashTracker before being brought back to our regional operational bases.

At the base, the plastic is sorted by type, color, and condition and stored for future recycling into 4ocean products. These plastics will eventually be sent to the necessary recycling partners for flaking, washing, and pelletizing so they can be turned into new products.

While recycling is our highest priority, there are certain materials that are too contaminated, deteriorated, or economically not feasible to recycle in certain countries. We partner with various local facilities to find the most sustainable method of disposal for those materials.

After all other methods of recycling are exhausted, we are sometimes forced to dispose of the materials through thermal treatment, which is the conversion of trash to electricity, or responsibly landfilling the materials.

BEYOND CLEANUPS

In addition to cleaning the ocean, we’re addressing the causes and impacts of ocean plastic pollution

OUTREACH & EDUCATION

Changing consumption habits on land can prevent plastic from entering the ocean

People can’t be part of the solution until they’re aware of the problem. Our job is to help people understand the causes of the ocean plastic crisis and empower them to act. From lesson plans for educators to regional beach cleanups and events, we’re committed to sharing our knowledge and inspiring action on behalf of the ocean.

SUSTAINABLE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

From farm to finished product, our entire supply chain is environmentally and socially responsible

All of our products are designed, sourced, and produced with an ocean-first mentality. We view waste as a design flaw and ensure that every product we create can be recycled or reused when it reaches the end of its useful life. And of course, every product we introduce comes with our One Pound Promise. Shop our products

PHILANTHROPY

We’ve donated more than $450,000 to ocean cleanup and marine conservation organizations

We know the ocean plastic crisis won’t be solved by one person, one company, or one organization. Because of this, we actively seek partnerships with nonprofits and like-minded organizations that have a proven track record of driving positive change for the environment and our planet. Meet this month’s partner

4OCEAN BRACELET

A must-have for anyone who loves the ocean

GET INVOLVED

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