Ahoy, Followers –
While the TS Kennedy was in Costa Rica last weekend, I spotted a thin, blue, braided on the wrist of a cadet. I assumed that it was an expensive souvenir purchased in port and asked where I could find one. I was surprise to learn that his bracelet was made from recycled materials. I began asking questions, anxious to learn all about it.
The cadet explained that the bracelet was purchased from a company based in Boca Raton, Florida called 4Ocean. The company was founded in 2017 by two friends, Alex Schulze and Andrew Cooper.
It all began on a trip to Bali, an Indonesian island. The pair had looked forward to surfing in Bali’s sapphire blue waters. They were shocked to see fishermen navigating their boats through mounds of plastic off the shore in order to get to the open ocean. Alex and Andrew knew that they had to do something about it right away.
Three years later, 4Ocean has over 200 employees. The company boasts that they have removed close to eight-million pounds of trash from the ocean. Their work is mostly funded by the sale of bracelets like the once the cadet was wearing. Every bracelet purchased for $20 funds the cleanup of one pound of trash from the ocean and its coastlines.
I was determined to spread the word about 4Ocean to the cadets and crew aboard the TS Kennedy. To my surprise, many of the cadets that I spoke with are already huge fans of 4Ocean and proudly wear a braided bracelet. Some cadets have even purchased 4Ocean tumblers and reusable straws. Yes, these cadets are passionate about saving the ocean.
The suggested that I tell our 15,000 followers about 4Ocean. They want all of you to know that two friends can make a BIG difference.
Check out the video below and learn about this company. If you live near the ocean, perhaps you can do your part by participating in a beach clean-up.
Your ocean-loving pirate,