Floridians are lucky to surrounded by the ocean and 1,350 miles of coastline. However, annually up to eight million tons of plastic is dumped into the oceans every year. As the oceans become more polluted, it’s all the more crucial to fight for change and clean up the waste.
Two local Floridians Alex Schulze and Andrew Cooper of Boca Raton have been fighting for just that. Both have spent their life at sea as sailors, surfers, and fishermen and have been devastated by the vast amounts of trash they’ve found.
As a result, the two started 4Ocean in 2017, a company dedicated to cleaning up the world’s oceans by selling bracelets made from recycled plastic waste. Every purchased bracelet then funds the removal of 1 pound of trash from oceans and coastlines. In less than 2 years, 4Ocean has removed nearly 5 million pounds of waste in 27 countries.
It’s estimated that in 30 years’ time there will be more plastic than fish in the sea. It seems 4Ocean strives to alter that estimation with not only its worldwide cleanups but through education and building awareness of the impact that plastic waste and trash has on our ecosystem and marine life.
4Ocean sells a variety of bracelets in different colors. You can subscribe and receive a new bracelet every month. Beyond bracelets, they also sell reusable water bottles to cut down on single-use plastic waste as well as bags for cleaning up trash yourself, whether it’s at the beach, lake, or park. 4Ocean promises to pull two pounds of trash out of the ocean with each purchase made.
4Ocean has its US headquarters in the founders’ hometown of Boca Raton, Florida. You can find more information about cleanup events in Florida and beyond, plus volunteer opportunities by visiting their website.