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Have you heard of the ocean bracelet that collects 1 pound for each bracelet bought? That’s right, the bracelets are made from recycled glass and fishing nets and support a good cause.
You can choose between over 13 different types of bracelets. They vary in color depending on the animals you would like to support/wear. They all remove one pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines.
Additional 4ocean products include a reusable bottle (Klean Kanteen) and cleanup combos.
Who is 4Ocean?
4ocean originally started when Alex Schulze and Andrew Cooper went for a surf trip to Bali, Indonesia. Not knowing that this trip would eventually change their lives and the fate of the ocean. Devastated by the amount of trash in the sea they started to look deeper into the issue. Why was no one doing anything?
Fishers from a local fishing village were pushing boats through piles of plastics. The two surfers realized that something had to change. The ocean is dying, and as a result, the fishermen will be out of work in a few years. Cooper and Schulze realized that they could hire fishers to pull plastic from the ocean and thus began 4ocean.
Founded in January 2017, 4ocean funds its efforts from the sale of 4ocean bracelets. In less than two years, 4ocean has removed 2.2 million pounds of plastic and trash from the waterways.
This button will send you to the 4Ocean shop. I am not an affiliate with them; I love what they are doing and think it is vital to promote such a good cause.
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But not only can you buy a bracelet or even get a monthly subscription with them. You can also have a look at the job board where they are currently looking for social media marketers, director of marketing, and recruiters. I believe those job offers are all in Florida at this stage.
Florida is the place for the headquarter of 4Ocean.
But not only can you apply for a job on their website, but you can also actively join one of many ocean cleanup projects. To this day they have done cleanups in 27 different countries and. In less than two years of the companies existence, they have cleaned over 3,840,845 pounds and counting.
One hundred fifty people have been employed by the company, and by giving ocean plastic a value, they are creating a new economy for the removal of trash.
Related: You may have heard about the Ocean Clean Up Project by Boyan Slat?
4Ocean has started another project to help and clean up this mess. By strategically placing boats ( ocean plastic recovery vessels) at the end of highly polluted river mouths and therefore creating a barrier.
The plastic debris will be caught before it enters the ocean. You can watch the video below for more detail. The astonishing thing is that this is all been funded by us. Buying bracelets to save the oceans.
Do you want to do more than just buying 20 bracelets and give them to all your friends? You can. Although there are currently no volunteer jobs happening on the boats. 4ocean is often hosting beach cleanups worldwide, and they are always looking for help!
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4Ocean wins Forbes 30 under 30!
Each year, Forbes ranks the 30 Under 30, an annual encyclopedia of the brashest entrepreneurs across the United States and Canada. For the 2019 edition of the Forbes 30 Under 30, the 4ocean co-founding team of Andrew Cooper and Alex Schulze have been named to the Social Entrepreneur category.
Cooper and Schulze were selected from thousands of nominations. Now in its seventh year, the Forbes 30 Under 30 boasts a prestigious alumni network of 4,000 from across the globe.
The Forbes 30 Under 30 for 2019 features 600 youthful visionaries in 20 different industries. 4ocean co-founders Cooper and Schulze are among these entrepreneurial risk-takers embodying a fresh vision, powerful technology, and unwavering optimism to create movements to change the face of the world. Of the 2019 honorees, 55% are founders like Cooper and Schulze. ~ source: 4Ocean
With over 1.3 million followers, it is looking better for our oceans every day.
1 pound = 0.45 kg
That doesn’t sound like a lot, right? To be quite frank I don’t think it is a lot either, but I guess to run such a big company the money has to be split into many other items. Such as staff and vessels and well, someone has to make all these bracelets. They are handmade by the way.
So why it may not seem like a lot, I have mine here, and I am going to buy more for my niece and friends. It is the action that we need right now and as hard as it is to change our habits into a zero waste lifestyle.
It is what the world needs right now. Hope and people that get stuff done. These two are the new entrepreneurs, they are a new bread called social entrepreneurs, and I love it. So if you want to say thank you jump over to their website 4Ocean and buy a bracelet. Because $20 is 4 coffees nowadays. Isn’t that crazy. Thanks for reading and I hope it was helpful. If you want to do me a favor you can simply subscribe, which is free and leave a comment which will only take a moment.
Update on 4Ocean:
Lately, there has been a lot of critic on 4Ocean whether or not they are a legit company and cleaning the ocean with the support of selling their bracelets or do they have a way to sell a bracelet and the ocean cleaning is just the make feel good sale?
A: 1 Pound is not a lot of trash at all, and if you go around Indonesia (the place where the company mainly operates), you can collect 1 pound in seconds.
B: $20 in Indo is a lot of money
So where is all that money going?
Dayne Har gets into this and more questions in this video about 4Ocean, which is gone viral by the way. It has over 2.5 million views in two months.
I would love to hear your opinion on this. I am a bit skeptical now and really hope they are working in the best interest of the ocean but, well see for yourself.