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What is the ocean plastic crisis?

Plastic pollution in the oceans arises from various sources, including inadequate waste management systems, improper disposal of plastics, littering, and industrial activities. Plastics are durable and resistant to natural degradation, so they persis

Is 4ocean a nonprofit?

No, 4ocean is not a nonprofit. We’re often mistaken for one because of our mission to end the ocean plastic crisis, but 4ocean has always been a business. We’re just not a corporation whose only purpose is to maximize profit at any expense. 4ocean is

Can I donate to 4ocean?

We are not a nonprofit organization which means we cannot accept donations. However, we do have options available for folks who’d like to support our cleanups without buying our products. Our Plastic Offset Program is an impact-only monthly subscript

What is the 4ocean TrashTracker and how does it work?

The 4ocean TrashTracker is the proprietary digital system we use to document our cleanups and track our impact. The following data is recorded for every single cleanup: date, location, duration, crew members involved, the weight of each sack of recov

What makes 4ocean different from other cleanup organizations?

4ocean is a company that hires full-time captains and crews to recover plastic waste and other man-made debris from the world’s oceans, rivers, and coastlines. We’re one of the only companies in the world that directly hires staff to clean the ocean

What’s the point of cleaning the ocean? Isn’t it better to stop using plastic?

Eliminating unnecessary plastics from our lives will always be the best way to both decrease demand for virgin plastics and prevent plastic pollution. But we believe it’s important to acknowledge reality even as we strive toward our ideals. Cleaning

How do I know you’re actually cleaning the ocean?

Our captains and crews are required to follow a strict documentation process that allows us to trace the origins and handling of each and every pound of trash we recover from the world’s oceans, rivers, and coastlines. The following data is recorded

How much of my money goes to cleaning the ocean?

100% of every purchase goes to our mission of cleaning the ocean. Here’s where your money goes:. Captains + Crews: We believe in taking care of the people who are taking care of the ocean. All of our captains and crews are full-time employees who rec

Where does 4ocean operate?

4ocean is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, and operates out of these locations:. Boca Raton, Florida, USA. Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Medewi, Bali, Indonesia. Jembrana, Bali, Indonesia. Banyuwangi, Java, Indonesia. Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. El

Who do you hire to clean the ocean?

Plastic pollution disproportionately impacts poor and marginalized communities around the world, so it’s especially important to us that our operations have a direct impact on social, environmental, and economic issues in the local community. That’s

What do you do with the plastic you recover from the ocean?

Recovered plastics are transported back to local facilities in Florida, Guatemala, and Indonesia where they are weighed, documented, washed, and sorted by type and color. What happens next depends on the type of plastic:. Some plastics are shredded a

How can I support 4ocean’s mission to end the ocean plastic crisis?

There are lots of ways to get involved in the clean ocean movement. The #1 way to support us is by joining our Bracelet of the Month Club or signing up for our Plastic Offset Program; these subscriptions provide the ongoing funding we need to support

What are some of the non-profit organizations you have supported?

We know the ocean plastic crisis won’t be solved by one person, one company, or one organization. Because of this, we actively seek partnerships with nonprofits and like-minded organizations that have a proven track record of driving positive change

How can I help?

Thanks for being part of the solution to the ocean plastic crisis! Here are a few ideas as to how you can get involved: Stop the Inflow! Say no to single-use plastic and use sustainable alternatives such as a refillable water bottle or shopping bag.