During a surf trip a few years ago, Alex Cooper and Alex Schulze, both of Florida, were so shocked by the amount of plastic in the ocean and on the beaches they wanted to do something about it. Together, the pair created 4Ocean, with the aim of cleaning the oceans and encouraging people to gather plastic from the shores. The surfers created the 4Ocean Bracelet, which consists of beads made from recycled glass and a cord made from recycled water bottles.
Plastic made fantastic
Every bracelet sold funds the removal of almost half a kilogram of trash from the ocean and coastlines. In less than two years, 4Ocean has removed 285 tonnes of rubbish. Once rubbish is collected, it is analysed and if it is glass or plastic, it is taken to a local recycling centre. If it can’t be recycled, it is disposed of at a reputable waste facility.
The bracelets sell for US$20 (AUD$26) with monies raised used to employ captains and clean-up crews from Florida and Bali as well as hosting beach, offshore and worldwide clean-ups. The concept is simple: buy a bracelet and pull trash from the sea.