The Osborne Reef Bracelet

The Osborne Reef Bracelet

$29.00 USD
Description
Features
Closed-loop program

Made with pieces of tires that our crews recovered directly from the bottom of the ocean

The Osborne Reef Bracelet is your chance to own a piece of ocean conservation history and support the growth of an underwater cleanup operation that will help protect our coral reefs.

Pieces of tires that our crews recovered directly from the Osborne Reef are set into the tire-shaped bezel with a plant-based epoxy resin. From the tread detail on the bezel to the tire-black macrame cord, every detail of this bracelet and its collector’s edition packaging is designed to represent the tires our crews are recovering. 

Every bracelet purchased helps fund the growth of the Osborne Reef Tire Cleanup, which takes our cleanup crews below the ocean’s surface for the first time in 4ocean history, and advances our mission of ending the ocean plastic crisis. 

We encourage you to share photos of your Osborne Reef Bracelet on social media, using its unique features as storytelling opportunities that raise awareness about this historic cleanup operation and inspire others to get involved in the clean ocean movement.

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including bisphenol A (BPA), which is known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information, go to: www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

FEATURES

  • One pound of trash recovered from the ocean, rivers, and coastlines for every Osborne Reef Bracelet purchased
  • Made with verified 100% recycled crumb rubber from tires that our crews recovered directly from the Osborne Reef 
  • Plant-based epoxy resin holds tire fragments inside the 100% stainless steel bezel
  • Tire-shaped bezel cast with tread detail along the edges and 4ocean branding on the back
  • Bracelet cord manufactured in China from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic
  • Macrame braid style is adjustable for inclusive sizing
  • Packaged in a collector’s edition tin
  • Component manufacturing process and recycled content are audited and verified by GreenCircle (see certification)

CLOSED-LOOP PROGRAM

We’re currently developing a circular end-of-life plan for every 4ocean product. Our aim is to eliminate waste at the end of our product lifecycle by taking back 4ocean products that our customers no longer use so they can be properly recycled or transformed into new products. Once you’re done with your 4ocean product, please reach out to our customer service team to receive a prepaid shipping label.

The 4ocean Closed-Loop Program is only available in the U.S. for now, but we plan to expand in the future.

Description

Made with pieces of tires that our crews recovered directly from the bottom of the ocean

The Osborne Reef Bracelet is your chance to own a piece of ocean conservation history and support the growth of an underwater cleanup operation that will help protect our coral reefs.

Pieces of tires that our crews recovered directly from the Osborne Reef are set into the tire-shaped bezel with a plant-based epoxy resin. From the tread detail on the bezel to the tire-black macrame cord, every detail of this bracelet and its collector’s edition packaging is designed to represent the tires our crews are recovering. 

Every bracelet purchased helps fund the growth of the Osborne Reef Tire Cleanup, which takes our cleanup crews below the ocean’s surface for the first time in 4ocean history, and advances our mission of ending the ocean plastic crisis. 

We encourage you to share photos of your Osborne Reef Bracelet on social media, using its unique features as storytelling opportunities that raise awareness about this historic cleanup operation and inspire others to get involved in the clean ocean movement.

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including bisphenol A (BPA), which is known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information, go to: www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

Features

  • One pound of trash recovered from the ocean, rivers, and coastlines for every Osborne Reef Bracelet purchased
  • Made with verified 100% recycled crumb rubber from tires that our crews recovered directly from the Osborne Reef 
  • Plant-based epoxy resin holds tire fragments inside the 100% stainless steel bezel
  • Tire-shaped bezel cast with tread detail along the edges and 4ocean branding on the back
  • Bracelet cord manufactured in China from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic
  • Macrame braid style is adjustable for inclusive sizing
  • Packaged in a collector’s edition tin
  • Component manufacturing process and recycled content are audited and verified by GreenCircle (see certification)

Closed-loop program

We’re currently developing a circular end-of-life plan for every 4ocean product. Our aim is to eliminate waste at the end of our product lifecycle by taking back 4ocean products that our customers no longer use so they can be properly recycled or transformed into new products. Once you’re done with your 4ocean product, please reach out to our customer service team to receive a prepaid shipping label.

The 4ocean Closed-Loop Program is only available in the U.S. for now, but we plan to expand in the future.

HOW YOUR PURCHASE MAKES A DIFFERENCE

Every product purchased funds the removal of one pound of trash from the ocean, rivers and coastlines

Our captains and crews recover trash from the ocean and coastlines seven days a week

All of our products are designed, sourced, and produced with an ocean-first mentality.

Component manufacturing process and recycled content are audited and verified by GreenCircle

PRODUCT STORY

The Osborne Reef Cleanup

4ocean crews collect tires from the Osborne Reef dive site

4ocean crews use specialized lift bag to bring recovered tires to the surface

In the 1960s and 70s, tire recycling was still in its infancy so America’s waste tires were piling up in landfills and polluting the environment. A nonprofit group suggested using the tires to expand an artificial reef. With support from the public and the local government, two million used tires were bound together and dropped into the Atlantic Ocean to create the Osborne Reef.

This environmental restoration project ultimately failed when salt water corroded the restraints that held the tires together. Ocean currents and storm surge have caused loose tires to migrate vast distances across the seafloor. Tropical storms and hurricanes continue to batter the coast and turn the tires into projectiles that significantly damage any coral reefs in their path. 

Recovering tires from the Osborne Reef is a slow, arduous, and expensive process. Despite the enormous progress of professional companies that are already working to clean up the Osborne Reef, hundreds of thousands of loose tires have already migrated away from the main cleanup area and must also be recovered in order to prevent more damage to crucial marine ecosystems along the coast.

After months of research, relationship building, and a lengthy permitting process, 4ocean was finally granted the licenses and permits required to recover tires that have migrated away from the Osborne Reef drop site. Now, our crews are using existing resources to recover tires as they survey the area, document tire distribution, and develop a detailed cleanup strategy. While this cleanup operation is still in its infancy, every pound of trash you pull will help provide the funding and resources we need to recover these tires on a larger scale.

A portion of the tires we recover will be used to make our Osborne Reef Bracelets. However, the condition of the tires we’re recovering makes them extremely difficult to recycle using the equipment we currently have. For now, tires that can’t be recycled will be sent to the Solid Waste Authority in West Palm Beach, Florida, the most advanced, efficient, and lowest-emission waste management facility in the United States. 

Our ultimate goal is to partner with an organization that can help us recycle these scrap tires on a massive scale so they can be used to create a variety of new products, like the Osborne Reef Bracelet, that will help fund this historic cleanup operation and advance our mission to end the ocean plastic crisis.

From Bali, with love.

Hand assembled by an artisan in Bali, Indonesia.

Purchasing a 4ocean bracelet does more than clean the ocean. It also creates sustainable, living-wage jobs.

As soon as our beads, cords, and charms reach our main facility in Denpasar, Bali, a crew loads up our van and motorbikes to distribute these components to artisans in remote villages scattered across the island.

Women comprise 80 percent of this workforce. In Bali, women tend to assume the role of primary caretakers for their families, which means their job opportunities are limited. Because they’re able to hand assemble our bracelets in their homes and village centers, more women are able to join the workforce while continuing to care for their families.

The Osborne Reef Cleanup

4ocean crews collect tires from the Osborne Reef dive site

4ocean crews use specialized lift bag to bring recovered tires to the surface

In the 1960s and 70s, tire recycling was still in its infancy so America’s waste tires were piling up in landfills and polluting the environment. A nonprofit group suggested using the tires to expand an artificial reef. With support from the public and the local government, two million used tires were bound together and dropped into the Atlantic Ocean to create the Osborne Reef.

This environmental restoration project ultimately failed when salt water corroded the restraints that held the tires together. Ocean currents and storm surge have caused loose tires to migrate vast distances across the seafloor. Tropical storms and hurricanes continue to batter the coast and turn the tires into projectiles that significantly damage any coral reefs in their path. 

Recovering tires from the Osborne Reef is a slow, arduous, and expensive process. Despite the enormous progress of professional companies that are already working to clean up the Osborne Reef, hundreds of thousands of loose tires have already migrated away from the main cleanup area and must also be recovered in order to prevent more damage to crucial marine ecosystems along the coast.

After months of research, relationship building, and a lengthy permitting process, 4ocean was finally granted the licenses and permits required to recover tires that have migrated away from the Osborne Reef drop site. Now, our crews are using existing resources to recover tires as they survey the area, document tire distribution, and develop a detailed cleanup strategy. While this cleanup operation is still in its infancy, every pound of trash you pull will help provide the funding and resources we need to recover these tires on a larger scale.

A portion of the tires we recover will be used to make our Osborne Reef Bracelets. However, the condition of the tires we’re recovering makes them extremely difficult to recycle using the equipment we currently have. For now, tires that can’t be recycled will be sent to the Solid Waste Authority in West Palm Beach, Florida, the most advanced, efficient, and lowest-emission waste management facility in the United States. 

Our ultimate goal is to partner with an organization that can help us recycle these scrap tires on a massive scale so they can be used to create a variety of new products, like the Osborne Reef Bracelet, that will help fund this historic cleanup operation and advance our mission to end the ocean plastic crisis.

From Bali, with love.

Hand assembled by an artisan in Bali, Indonesia.

Purchasing a 4ocean bracelet does more than clean the ocean. It also creates sustainable, living-wage jobs.

As soon as our beads, cords, and charms reach our main facility in Denpasar, Bali, a crew loads up our van and motorbikes to distribute these components to artisans in remote villages scattered across the island.

Women comprise 80 percent of this workforce. In Bali, women tend to assume the role of primary caretakers for their families, which means their job opportunities are limited. Because they’re able to hand assemble our bracelets in their homes and village centers, more women are able to join the workforce while continuing to care for their families.

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