Cleaning The Ocean is our Business
Total pounds of trash recovered from the ocean, rivers, and coastlines thanks to the ongoing support of the clean ocean movement!
We’re on a mission to end the ocean plastic crisis
4ocean was founded on the belief that business can be a force for good and that the single actions of individual people, collectively, have the power to change the world. As both a Public Benefit Corporation and Certified B Corp, we’re committed to ending the ocean plastic crisis.
We understand that plastic recovery is a mitigation effort and not a final solution to the ocean plastic crisis. Plastic pollution is a global problem that requires collaboration between governments, institutions, businesses, and citizens to solve.
That’s why we also work to educate the global community about plastic pollution, empower people to end their reliance on single-use plastic, and advocate for government incentives and business innovation that support the creation and growth of a sustainable circular economy.
Join us as we work alongside the global community to build a future where humanity grows alongside nature and not at its expense.
Our United States operations are based out of South Florida and Kaneohe, Hawai'i. Florida is home to a 4,000 sq. ft. facility that stores all of the vessels, trucks, and equipment we use to clean the ocean. Our local crews conduct intercoastal waterway cleanups and support the Osborne Reef Tire Cleanup, an underwater operation to recover tires from a failed artificial reef. In Hawai'i, we work with local community members to support and expand existing cleanup efforts. Our crews conduct cleanups along the shores of Oahu and specialize in the removal of ghost nets and other large debris accumulations.
With four locations spread across two islands, 4ocean Indonesia has significant access to the ocean and coastlines of Bali and Java, including West Bali National Park. The crew also specializes in the installation and maintenance of our river boom systems, which trap plastic flowing toward the ocean. We currently have a river boom system in Bali’s Ijo Gading River, which is considered the island’s largest contributor to ocean plastic, accounting for about 12% of the province’s total plastic leakage, and the Samblong River, a small but highly polluted river in Bali’s Jembrana Regency.
Preventing plastic from entering the ocean is the crux of our strategy in Guatemala. While our teams are recovering plastic from the open ocean, our main focus is recovering plastic from the Rio Motagua, a heavily polluted river that stretches 300 miles from the remote central highlands of Guatemala to the Caribbean Sea, and high-impact areas along the coast in the Gulf of Honduras where massive amounts of trash accumulates. Our main base is located in the harbor city of Puerto Barrios, which supports two satellite locations in the small coastal villages of El Quetzalito and San Francisco del Mar.
Committed to the highest standards
B Lab has certified that 4ocean meets the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.
We donate at least 1% of our gross sales to environmental nonprofits through a combination of monetary, in-kind, and approved promotional support.
We offset our company’s entire carbon footprint every year by restoring blue-carbon ecosystems like coral reefs, kelp and mangrove forests, and coastal watersheds through SeaTrees by Sustainable Surf.
A legal structure for mission-focused businesses that provide a public benefit and operate sustainably. This legal status empowers 4ocean to prioritize our impact alongside profit.