Have you heard of the Clean Ocean Club by 4Ocean? Have you even heard of 4Ocean? If you’re reading this 4Ocean Review, you probably have. But if not, don’t worry, I’ll explain the company, what they do and how you can help. (And what you get from them!)
If you’re worried about ocean pollution and wondering what you can do about it, you’ve come to the right place.
What is 4Ocean?
4Ocean is a charity with a simple purpose, “We’re here to clean the ocean and coastlines while working to stop the inflow of plastic by changing consumption habits.”
But what do they actually do? It’s simple really: they sell products and use the revenue to physically go out into the ocean and pull trash out of it.
4Ocean sell products, like bracelets, apparel and reusable shopping bags, that are at least partly made using reusable, recycled materials. They take the income from the products they sell and use it to: physically pull trash out of the oceans, develop new technology to help with cleanup and also to fund education, advocacy and awareness in the hopes of stopping the inflow of trash into the ocean.
If you want to learn more about the plastic pollution that plagues our oceans, check out my other posts: Why is Plastic Bad for the Environment, Top 5 Causes of Plastic Pollution or the one about Trash Pollution in the Ocean.
If you’ve read any of those articles, or many others on the topic, you already know what a devistating impact plastic is having on the environment.
Who is 4Ocean for?
4Ocean is a great charity for anyone who wants to make a difference in the world by fighting climate change and pollution. It’s for anyone trying to balance their own carbon footprint.
It’s also great for anyone who’s looking for the perfect gift for: an ocean lover, a beach lover, an environmentalist, a jewelry lover or just someone you generally like.
But if you’re not sure this is the best way for you to give back, check out more ways you can help with climate change.
How does 4Ocean work?
It’s simple really, for every bracelet you buy ($20 at the time of writing), they pull one pound of trash out of the ocean. A whole pound!
After pulling trash out of the ocean, 4Ocean separates the reusable materials out and puts them back into the manufacturing cycle — even into their own bracelet production.
You can purchase from 4Ocean on an ad-hoc basis, or you can sign up for their Clean Ocean Club and get a bracelet every month … and pull a pound of trash each month.
It’s important to note that they have a variety of bracelets, most of which are themed. Like the shark bracelet or the sea otter bracelet. (I got five sea otter bracelets when that one came out, kept one and gave the rest as gifts!)
My 4Ocean Review
I love the company and their purpose. I also happen to be a fan of jewelry, so I enjoy the bracelet concept. Not to mention the low price point (how much do you normally pay for a bracelet?) and the fact that I’m not winding up with yet another tote bag or t-shirt that I didn’t really want in the first place.
For me this charity is a win-win-win (Marine Life-4Ocean-Me). However there are some pros and cons to consider.
Give Something, Get Something (that you actually want)
Yes, you are contributing to a great cause, but you’re also getting a cool bracelet in return. Most charities want to give you some cheap junk that you don’t want. Half the time, I don’t donate because I don’t need another t-shirt I’ll never wear or another tote bag to add to the ever growing pile.
The Company Actually Goes Out & Does Stuff
How many charities do you know of that actually get out there and do the work? Now, I’ve read some commentaries that believe the amount of trash 4Ocean has pulled from oceans and coastlines may be overstated … but so far, they’ve all been opinion based and I haven’t seen any resources to back up the statements.
To the best of my knowledge, 4Ocean proceeds fund actual trips out to do cleanup of coastlines and bodies of water. According to Forbes, as of 2018 there had been 4Ocean cleanups in at least 27 countries resulting in over a million pounds of garbage being cleaned up.
You can check out their Trash Tracker (data validated by the Better Business Bureau) for current stats.
4Ocean has received multiple certifications:
1% for the planet: at least 1% of a company’s revenue is donated to non-profit environmental conservation organizations.
Global Organic Textile Standard: Their t-shirts are made from 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton.
Global Recycled Standard: Their bracelets cords and beads are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic and glass bottles.
Better Business Bureau: the 4ocean TrashTracker™ is audited and verified by the BBB quarterly.
GreenCircle Certified: Their bracelets are made from at least 90% post-consumer recycled material.
They Sell Plastic Items
OK, so they use recycled plastic to make their bracelets. But it’s still hard to overlook the fact that those bracelets may very well be the trash they are cleaning out of the ocean someday. Since most of us will probably wear one bracelet or another, it may as well be one for a good cause.
What else … I mean, I’m sure they’re not perfect, but I don’t see a lot of cons to the company. As far as charities go, it seems like a pretty good one. If you have anything to add, please leave it in the comments below!
If you’re looking for a way to give back and get back, 4Ocean is a good option.
Notes: I am in no way affiliated with 4Ocean. All images sourced from 4Ocean.com
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