What we do with the materials that 4ocean Bali recovers from the ocean

4ocean Bali’s material processing machines

Our Jembrana facility is home to a variety of machines that support the massive intake of recovered ocean plastic and other recovered debris.

Every time you shop 4ocean and pull a pound of trash, you make it possible for us to invest in equipment that allows us to process, recycle, and repurpose the materials we recover from the ocean.

The sorting conveyor is used to maximize the efficiency of our hand sorting process, which is required to ensure that each piece of recovered debris is disposed of in the most sustainable way possible.

Our custom baler compresses sorted plastics into a bale that’s easier to transport and can process up to 10 tons of plastic every eight hours, depending on the type of plastic.

Our custom flaking machine, also called a plastic shredder, prepares recovered ocean plastic for recycling by washing it and shredding it into small flakes. This machine can process up to 3 tons of plastic every eight hours depending on the type of plastic.

The plastic shredder that flakes our recovered ocean plastic also uses water to wash the plastic. All water discharged during this process is routed to our wastewater treatment plant, which can hold up to 30,000 liters of water. Once treated, the clean water is routed back to the shredder where it’s reused in a continuous, closed-loop process that doesn’t waste water or release dirty water into the environment.

The glass crusher pulverizes our recovered ocean glass to prep it for recycling. Once crushed, recovered ocean glass is transported to recycling partners who use it to make new products like our clear glass bracelet beads.

4ocean products made with recovered ocean plastic from Bali

From recovery through manufacturing, the independent, third-party organization GreenCircle Certified has verified that products made with 4ocean Plastic are made with plastic that was recovered directly from the ocean, rivers, and coastlines by our full-time, professional captain and crews.

There are already a few products in our shop that are made with 4ocean Plastic, but we’re always researching new ways to use all of our recovered materials including plastic, glass, rubber, and more!

The 4ocean Signature iPhone Case

Our two-layer case features a hard outer shell made from certified 100% recycled HDPE 4ocean Plastic. HDPE is a type of plastic that our Bali crews commonly find during their daily cleanups.

The 4ocean Face Mask Support Frame

We partnered with BreatheWire to manufacture our Face Mask Support Frames right here in the USA using 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, including 50% recovered 4ocean Plastic.

4ocean Bracelet Cords

Our colorful bracelet cords are made from 100% post-consumer recycled PET plastic. This currently includes less than 5% of our recycled ocean plastic, but we’re currently working with our manufacturers to increase the amount of 4ocean Plastic used.

4ocean Bracelet Beads

Our clear beads are made from 95% post-consumer recycled glass, including less than 5% reclaimed 4ocean Glass. We’re also working with our manufacturers to increase the amount of 4ocean Glass used.

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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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Help us reach our goal of 20 million pounds pulled by the end of 2021

Every pound of trash you pull funds our global ocean cleanup operation and advances our mission of ending the ocean plastic crisis. The work we do is only possible because of you.