I came across this company on Instagram, and I’m so glad I did. Two surfers started a company to clean up garbage from the ocean after being shocked by trash-filled beaches around the world.
A post-college surfing trip to Bali, Indonesia, inspired two surfers to start cleaning up the world’s oceans. Andrew Cooper and Alex Schulze expected to find clear water to surf in, but were shocked to discover beaches completely covered with garbage and an “overwhelming amount” of it was plastic. So they decided to do something about it.
The guys wanted to tackle the trash clogging up the water, so they came up with an idea to recycle the glass and plastic found in the oceans and use it to make bracelets. Cooper and Schulze started 4Ocean, which sells the bracelets for $20 and promises each purchase will pay for one pound of trash removal.
Over the last three years, the company has cleared nearly 10-million pounds of trash from oceans. Their employees collect the garbage using broom systems, skimmers, fishing nets and vessels, as well as their hands. Along with cleaning the water, 4Ocean works to educate people on the impact of plastic polution in an effort to prevent more littering.
Let’s all do our part in making this world a better place!