Meet the artisans who hand assemble 4ocean bracelets

Every 4ocean bracelet is assembled by hand

As soon as our bracelet components reach our main facility in Denpasar, Bali, a crew loads up our transport vehicles and distributes the materials to our team of bracelet artisans who live in remote villages scattered across the island.

Scroll through the slider to see how each and every 4ocean bracelet is assembled by hand.

Bracelet cords are cut to size and tied off at one end.

The cord is threaded through a needle and strung with the exact number of beads needed to make the bracelet.

The bracelet charms are added and the unfinished bracelet is passed to a skilled artisan.

Skilled artisans either spin the cord into the signature twist of our beaded bracelet or the intricate pattern of our braided bracelet.

The artisan ties the bracelet closures, which is the most time-consuming and skilled part of the assembly.

Bracelets are put in groups of 100 before they’re sent to the quality assurance crew who performs an on-site inspection to ensure that each and every bracelet meets our standard.

Final bracelets are packaged and brought back to our main office in Denpasar so it can be shipped to our global distribution center in the U.S.

Meet Khusnul, a 4ocean bracelet artisan


Uncover the full story of 4ocean Bali

We’re taking the clean ocean movement behind the scenes of our cleanup operation in Bali over the next couple months. Check out the stories we’ve shared so far and scroll down to sign up for email alerts so you never miss a new update!

The birthplace of 4ocean

Our founders grew up in Florida and made their living from the ocean, but Bali is where they truly began to understand the severity of the ocean plastic crisis and its impact not just on marine life, but on the coastal communities that, like them, relied on the health of the ocean to survive. Click the button below to explore the sources of plastic pollution in Indonesia and see the island that inspired the clean ocean movement.

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4ocean Bali’s cleanup strategy

We chose to launch our first international cleanup operation on the island of Bali not just because it’s the birthplace of 4ocean, but because it strategically places us in areas where we can have the biggest impact.

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Explore the tools we use to recover ocean plastic in Bali

Let us show you all of the tools and equipment we’ve invested in to keep our crews safe and maximize our impact in Bali. Remember that this is what you make possible every time you shop 4ocean and pull a pound of trash.

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Discover our main operational base in Denpasar

Denpasar is the gateway to Bali, providing access to virtually all of the island and its plastic-strewn beaches. That’s why, in March 2018, we chose Denpasar as the site of 4ocean’s very first international headquarters. Click the button below to see our Denpasar facility and learn more about our cleanup strategy in this area.

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Explore our cleanup operations in Medewi

Medewi is a tiny, remote village on the southern coast of Bali that gives us access to more than 20 beaches impacted by plastic pollution. We expanded operations to Medewi in October 2018. Click the button below to explore our strategy in this area and meet a few members of the crew.

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Meet the crew that recovers a daily average of 17,000 pounds of trash

Our Jembrana location places us in an area with easy access to the ocean, rivers, and coastlines impacted by plastic pollution, which allows our Jembrana crews to maximize their impact every single day.

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See what happens to recovered ocean materials at our Jembrana facility

Whenever 4ocean establishes cleanup operations in a new location, one of our first priorities is to build facilities where we can store and process the materials we recover from the ocean, rivers, and coastlines so they don’t reenter the environment. Let us take you behind the scenes of our Jembrana location to show you what happens to our recovered materials.

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Meet the artisans who assemble 4ocean bracelets

Our bracelet artisans are empowered to work out of their homes and village centers and often split the work as a community. Since they don’t have to go to a factory to work, more women are able to join the workforce and earn an income while continuing to care for their families the way they always have. Right now, our artisanal workforce employs about 200 people and 80% of them are women.

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