4ocean, an ocean cleanup company headquartered in Boca Raton, received the Surfer Magazine “Agent of Change” at the 48th Annual SURFER Awards held in Oahu, Hawaii. The award is given to a group or individual who uses surfing to better the lives of others.
Surfers Andrew Cooper and Alex Schulze launched sustainability company 4ocean in January 2017, just a few short years after a surfing trip to Bali gave them the insights into the problem of plastic and trash littering our oceans and waterways. To date, 4ocean has already pulled over 2.3 million pounds of trash. The company funds its efforts through the sale of post-consumer recycled bracelets, reusable bottles, and cleanup combos. Each purchase removes a minimum of one pound of trash from oceans and coastlines.
“Two-plus million pounds of plastic pulled is just the beginning of a lifetime commitment to protecting the future for our environment,” said 4ocean co-founder Alex Schulze. “Seven-days-a-week for 365 days-a-year, teams of 4ocean full-time captains and crews are dedicating to cleaning river mouths, oceans and coastlines, both above and below the water.”
“With over 16 billion pounds of plastic entering the world’s oceans annually, 4ocean is committed to making a difference. Pulling plastic one pound at a time is our goal as we expand operations from the U.S. to Bali, Indonesia, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and other high impact areas,” said 4ocean co-founder Andrew Cooper.
4ocean’s business model is creating new, more sustainable economies around the world by paying fisherman to collect plastic and trash from the ocean instead of fish. It’s changing the way people think about the problem of plastic pollution.
A for-profit business, 4ocean gives ocean plastic a monetary value while incentivizing people all over the world to change their behavior.