How did one mysterious yellow bottle help grow the world’s largest ocean cleanup company?

How did one mysterious yellow bottle help grow the world’s largest ocean cleanup company?


The story begins when a mysterious
yellow bottle washed up on a shoreline. Then two yellow bottles, three yellow
bottles, you get the point. Tons of yellow bottles are washing on to South
Florida’s shorelines. Why? At first glance they could be
mustard bottles – look closely and you’ll notice a clue, vinagre. Confused? Hang in
there, this story affects you. Right now, our earth faces a monumental crisis
and that crisis is plastic. Plastic plays many roles – it contains things,
it carries things, it connects things, it’s used for just
about everything. But did you realize one ton of plastic enters the Earth’s oceans
every 60 seconds? Think about that. One ton every 60 seconds, that’s a lot of
plastic. Meet Alex, he’s 26, lives to surf, and taught his dog to do this. And this
is Andrew. Andrew surfs whenever possible, he’s 27, and his idea of fun involves
these guys. Both love the ocean, met on a boat dock, and started this –
a company dedicated to cleaning the ocean seven days a week. And this is Haiti, a small
cluster of Caribbean islands widely known for a devastating earthquake in
2010. Now meet Ed. Ed is Haiti’s unofficial superhero, he’s hell-bent on
saving his country and its people. So when Ed met Alex and Andrew it felt
like destiny and a partnership was born. So Ed, Alex, and Andrew boarded a boat in
search of plastic. On this journey they discovered an island inhabited by a boy
whose favorite toy was a discarded keyboard and whose backyard looked like
this. See anything familiar? Yellow vinagre bottles everywhere.
How did they get here? Like this. Haiti has over 10 million
people sharing a space roughly the size of New Jersey, and doing as humans do,
they consume and discard the plastic from which they consumed. Except in Haiti
the only place to put that plastic is on the street, and when it rains it pours,
and when it pours in Haiti this happens. Rivers of plastic push through the city
out into the ocean and land on a nearby island. Except often that island isn’t
near at all. Sometimes that plastic sails across the Atlantic Ocean and ends up on
Florida’s coastlines. And sometimes, two local surfers get fed up finding
these plastic bottles on the beaches, do some quick research, discover a trash riddled
Caribbean island named Haiti, brainstorm a way to help that island, and then
travel there and meet Ed. And together they devise a plan to pay
locals to pick up trash, build Haiti’s best recycling infrastructure, and
inspire a movement to restore our oceans. Today we are 4Ocean and our mission
has spread from large cleanups in Haiti to stimulating Bali’s economy through
recycling, our goal is simple – clean the earth’s oceans one yellow bottle one
piece of plastic and one pound at a time.

28 Comments

  1. Hopefully the new generation will save the earth. Children across the world attend events to help clean up the ocean and also do community events for parks and landscapes. I’ve seen many children just on the side of the road cleaning up trash. I hope the best for our newer generation to help our broken world.

  2. ɪ ᴡɪsʜ ɪ ᴄᴏᴜʟᴅ ᴊᴏɪɴ ʙᴜᴛ ᴜɴғᴏʀᴛᴜɴᴀᴛᴇʟʏ ɪ ᴄᴀɴ'ᴛ ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜsᴇ ɪ ᴀᴍ ᴛᴏ ʟɪᴛᴛʟᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ɪ ᴅᴏɴᴛ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴍᴏɴᴇʏ

  3. Everybody blames millennials for ruining the earth but the generation before us Is burning coal spilling oil chopping all the trees down and causing global warming.

  4. Despite what other YouTubers have been saying about your organization, I'm proud of you all at 4 Ocean. You're doing something about a problem that governments should be regulating.

  5. without them are world wouldn’t be the same tysm!!! 💚💚💜💜💙💜💙💙💙💜💙💜💙💙💙💙💜💙💚💚💚💚💙💙💙💙💙

  6. One bracelet purchase = one pound of trash cleaned,
    I watched that first ad about the bracelets and I didn't skip because I agree that the oceans need to be cleaned

  7. Despite being for profit, the story how this was started and actually benefited the oceans around the world gives me some hope that it is never too late for change. You just step up yourself to make an impact.

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