Andrew Cooper and Alex Schulze, both in their twenties, first met as college students at Florida Atlantic University, where they both studied business and graduated in 2014.
The following year, during Summer 2015 they embarked on a surf trip to Bali in search of big waves but, what they found were beaches covered in garbage. After paddling through a devastating amount of plastic in the ocean and watching fishermen pull their boats through mounds of trash, they returned home with an urgent desire to clean the world’s oceans.
They didn’t know it at the time, but in that moment 4ocean was born.
4ocean is now a global ocean clean-up company that is recovering and recycling ocean plastic, advocating for sustainable innovation and inspiring people around the world to reduce their consumption of single-use plastic.
Global clean-ups are funded entirely through the sale of products, where very item purchased funds the removal of at least one pound of trash from the ocean. By creating jobs, utilising the latest technology and raising awareness about the impact of trash in the ocean, 4ocean is building the first economy for ocean plastic while creating a cleaner, more sustainable future for the ocean.
It has been over two years since co-founds Cooper and Schulz launched 4ocean. The Florida-based company now employs over 300 people, has removed over 6 million pounds of trash and plastic from the ocean and coastlines and has expanded globally with operations in Bali and Haiti. 4ocean has partnered with over 15 different non-profit organisations in support of marine conservation.