to Bali Indonesia that would inevitably change their lives and the fate of the ocean. Devastated by the amount of plastic in the ocean, they set out to find out why no one was doing anything about it. One afternoon they came across an old fishing village where fishermen were literally pushing their boat through piles of plastic that had washed up on shore. The two surfers realized that the proliferation of plastic threatened both the ocean environment and the fishermen's livelihood. Could the fishermen use their nets, they wondered, to pull the plastic from the ocean? This idea stuck with the 2 surfers and they knew it was time to hit the drawing board. After realizing that the demand for seafood was driving the fishermen to focus on fish instead of plastic, they knew they had to create something that could fund the desired cleanup efforts. This is how the 4ocean Bracelet was born.
Made with recycled materials, every bracelet purchased funds the removal of 1 pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines. In less than 2 years, 4ocean has removed pounds of trash from the ocean and coastlines.
4ocean currently operates out of multiple countries and employs over 150 people worldwide.
With these pillars as our foundation, we at 4ocean pledge to clean the ocean and coastlines one pound at a time.
We utilize the latest technology to prevent, intercept, and remove trash from the ocean and coastlines.
We have full-time captains and crews that are cleaning the ocean and coastlines 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We strive to educate individuals, corporations, and governments on the impact that plastic has on the ocean. We host cleanups all over the world, both above and below the water, to raise awareness and change behavior.
By giving ocean plastic a value, we are creating a new economy for the removal of trash.
Andrew is an entrepreneur with a deep passion for the ocean. Having grown up on a boat in East Florida, he spent a lot of time in the water. The opportunity that 4ocean has given him to make a difference in ocean sustainability is truly a dream come true.
Alex grew up on a small island on the west coast of Florida. He is an avid surfer, fisherman, diver and has always been passionate about keeping our oceans clean. 4ocean has been an absolute dream job and he could not see himself doing anything else.
Tony grew up boating in the fresh waters of Lake Michigan, which drove his passion for the environment. His 20-year career started with GE Healthcare and developed into senior roles at Amazon, Groupon and equity backed start-ups. Tony is working with the 4ocean team to globally disrupt societies perception about ocean pollution.
Andi grew up in a small town in the mountains of Java, Indonesia and hardly ever saw the beach. His move to Bali was a life-changing experience because it is where he fell in love with the ocean and is also where he first witnessed the scale of the trash problem in the ocean. Cleaning the ocean and coastlines is now his passion in life.
Spending almost all of her life on the Florida shores, Gina grew up loving the ocean. She became a licensed Captain in 1995 and holds a 100-ton near-coastal Captain’s license. An avid runner, she noticed a plastic grocery bag floating in the air and knew she had to help the world change. So when she saw a 4ocean boat cleaning the waterways with nets, she just had to apply. The rest is history.
Ed was born and raised in Haiti. Having witnessed and survived the 2010 earthquake, he has dedicated himself to helping the Haitian community and the environment by starting a Haitian recycling company. Working with 4ocean has given him the opportunity to take his dream and passion further by presevering and preventing trash from entering the ocean.
Jackie grew up next to the beach in South Florida and has been a swimmer, snorkeler and ocean lover all her life. Her career has spanned journalism, marketing and operations management all over the world. She leads the charge to bring 4ocean into new markets around the world and build partnerships with amazing people who share our mission to clean the ocean on every corner of the planet.