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Meet Andrew Cooper and Alex Schulze of 4Ocean in Boca Raton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrew Cooper and Alex Schulze.

4Ocean was launched in January of 2017. The two millennial founders of the company, Alex and Andrew, both attended Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL and the idea began in 2015, shortly after they graduated. They spent 15 months researching and developing before launching 4Ocean at the beginning of 2017. They currently live and operate 4Ocean in Boca Raton, Florida.

Alex grew up on Marco Island and was fortunate enough to be around the water during his upbringing. He became a licensed captain when he was a teenager and began running fishing charters while also surfing and scuba diving. He continued to run fishing charters while he attended Florida Atlantic University.

Andrew was raised in Orlando, Florida and says the ocean has always been near and dear to him. He is a 100-ton sea boat captain, sailboat captain and has worked on the water.

Both have traveled the world for freediving, surfing, scuba diving and spearfishing in places such as Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua and Indonesia.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
By no means, 1.4 billion pounds of trash enters the ocean each year. We are making it our mission to stop this. Plastic is not the enemy, however, it’s where it ends up. Every time it rains, it’s like pressing the reset button so much trash flows in from inland.

The amount of support we have received from people across the world has been incredible. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the help of our team and the people buying our bracelets to support cleaner oceans.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the 4Ocean story. Tell us more about the business.
In just ten short months, 4Ocean has collected over 231,000 pounds of trash so far. The company started with 2 employees and has grown to 43 employees. 4Ocean has 8 full time captains and cleanup crew members out on the water every single day. The primary location for the ocean cleanups are currently on the East Coast of Florida ranging from West Palm Beach to North Miami but 4Ocean has hosted cleanups in over 7 countries.

Once the trash is removed from the ocean, it is taken back to 4Ocean’s 8,000 square foot cleanup facility where it is cleaned and sorted and then brought to either a recycling center or waste facility.

4Ocean has three different clean up methods including the daily offshore/intracoastal cleanups, beach cleanups and working with various cleanup organizations across the world.

Although there is a lot to clean up out there, 4Ocean sees a huge difference in the efforts they are doing. The passion 4Ocean has is affecting the way the public thinks about the ocean and the environment and now the way they act on it.

4Ocean would love for the public to get involved by purchasing one of the 4Ocean bracelets for $20 by going to their website www.4ocean.com. The bracelets are made out 100% post-consumer recycled material. The beads are made from recycled glass bottles & the cord is made from recycled plastic water bottles. The coolest part – Every bracelet purchased funds the removal of one pound of trash from the ocean.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Luck has obviously played a significant role in our personal lives and our businesses success. I would never say that “luck” is something that Alex and I possess, however we both feel that we have been very “lucky” to be able to grow up so close to the water, come from incredibly supportive families, and have the educational opportunities that I’d say less than 90% of the world has access to. These ‘lucky” personal circumstances definitely played a huge role in the success of our business.
-Andrew Cooper

Pricing:

  • $20 Bracelet and you will remove one pound of trash from the ocean.

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Photo Courtesy of: 4Ocean

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2 Comments

  1. fiona beere

    May 1, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Hey Alex and Andrew my name is Fiona and I am doing a research project for school based on your business and was wondering if you could answer a few of my questions

  2. Maddy Todd

    November 9, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    Hi Alex and Andrew
    My name is Maddy Todd and I am doing a photography project on Plastic Pollution and I have some questions for you so if you don’t mind answering them that would be so helpful. I have just received a blue bracelet as I care so deeply and wanted to be apart of helping. For my gap year I am thinking of visiting Indonesia and would love to volunteer with 4Ocean while I am out there if that is possible. How do I get in touch?

    Thanks,
    Maddy

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