Looking back at 2021: A special message from our co-founder Alex Schulze

Everything we do to clean the ocean is possible because of you

The loyalty, dedication, and support of the clean ocean movement is what makes it possible for us to advance our mission of ending the ocean plastic crisis. Use the slider to discover all the important things we were able to do for the ocean and the world this year because of you.

Because of you

4ocean is one of the only companies in the world that employs professional, full-time captains and crews to recover plastic and other harmful marine debris from the ocean, rivers, and coastlines 7 days a week. 

This year, our cleanup crews recovered 7,161,027 pounds of trash from the ocean, rivers, and coastlines and will reach our goal of 20 million pounds in early 2022. 

2021 was also a year of records. We celebrated our “Most Impactful Month Ever” on five separate occasions — first in January with 636,394 pounds pulled, then again in June with 689,693 pounds pulled, September with 706,864 pounds pulled, October with 758,684 pounds pulled, and once more in November with 872,774 pounds pulled. 

And in the midst of all that hard work, our crews still had time to rescue a few entangled animals including a wading bird and even a bottlenose dolphin! 

Because of you

We can expand our cleanup operations around the world and create living-wage jobs in communities whose livelihoods and quality of life are heavily impacted by plastic pollution.

Because of you

We can support critical ocean conservation efforts by partnering with ocean-friendly organizations that work hard every day to protect animals and ecosystems impacted by plastic pollution.

Because of you

We can raise awareness about plastic pollution and invest in educational initiatives that not only empower the next generation of ocean advocates, but also inspire the global community to take urgent action to reduce its plastic footprint, make ocean-minded choices, and do what it takes to help protect and restore our oceans.

In 2021, we launched the 4ocean Learning Center with free educational videos and online courses that help teachers, students, businesses, and ocean enthusiasts of all ages learn about plastic pollution and how they can be part of the solution.

Because of you

We can inspire others to join the clean ocean movement and live our mission alongside millions of people who are already taking action to reduce their plastic footprint and advocate for the ocean.

This year, 340,000 people pulled their first pound of trash from the ocean, 9,000 people signed up as brand ambassadors, and another 1,059,292 people started following 4ocean on social media. 

We also partnered with companies like Barbie, Mount Gay Rum, and cult favorite sustainable shoe brand Cariuma and appeared in the media including NBC’s Today Show and ABC Local News 10 to share our mission with new audiences and encourage more people to get involved in the clean ocean movement. 

Inc. Magazine even listed 4ocean as one of the most inspiring companies of the year on their 2021 Best in Business list.

Because of you

We can research new uses for our recovered ocean materials and recycle them into products that raise awareness about our mission and fund our global ocean cleanup operation. 

This year, we introduced Face Mask Support Frames, which are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, including 50% 4ocean Plastic.

We also introduced a new line of premium Sterling Silver Jewelry that’s handcrafted with colored flakes of 4ocean Plastic that our crews recover directly from the beaches of Hawai'i and the Florida coast. 

And most recently, we introduced the Osborne Reef Bracelet, which is made with fragments of tires that our dive crews are recovering from the bottom of the ocean.

Because of you

We can invest in promising clean ocean technologies and continue researching, creating, and implementing new and innovative solutions to the ocean plastic crisis.

In July, we introduced the world to the 4ocean BeBot, a beach cleaning robot that mechanically sifts sand to remove plastic waste and other debris without harming the local environment. It’s a groundbreaking piece of clean ocean technology that’s being used to clean coastlines around the world.

Because of you

We can help the world build a more sustainable future where humanity grows alongside nature and not at its expense. 

2021 was our most impactful year yet, but there’s still a lot more work to do before we achieve our mission of ending the ocean plastic crisis. We’re so thankful to have you on this journey with us and can’t wait to share all the exciting things we have in store for 2022.

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