A couple times a year, vendors and exhibitors for everything "surf" converge on the Orlando County Convention Center in Florida to show off their latest product lines, what they have accomplished during the year, and to get people excited about the future of their companies. It was 4ocean's fourth Surf Expo show and it could not have been a better or more exciting experience for us!
With so much to look back on in 2018 and so much to look forward to in 2019, there was no shortage of amazing conversation, brainstorming, and energy around the 4ocean booth. All of the hard work that the 4ocean Team puts in day in and day out is validated and acknowledged in a setting like this because of all the incredible feedback we get from our customers and others who see what we are doing to clean up ocean plastic every day.
Retailers, media, and other exhibitors were all super stoked to hear about how many pounds we pulled in 2018, all the marine-related causes we supported, our new product offerings for 2019 (stay tuned), and they can't wait to follow the Ocean Plastic Recovery campaign on its mission to pull millions of pounds of plastic and trash before it ever has a chance to make it into the open ocean.
We were the Official Recycling Partner of Surf Expo, hosted the Industry Party, and had a presence with our message throughout the show on our thought-provoking signage and banners. The support of everyone we spoke with said volumes about that message and the need for an ocean cleanup company like 4ocean right now.
When it comes to marine mammals and the cuteness factor, the beloved sea otter is definitely up there at the top of the list. However, don't let their adorable faces distract you from the fact that sea otters also play a very important role in the health of their local ecosystems. For the remaining populations around the world, the conservation of this keystone species is critical and must remain a high priority if sea otters are to survive the many challenges facing them today. Warning: Adorable Photos Inside.
Ever wonder what it's like to be part of a 4ocean Cleanup Crew? Well, here's your chance to spend a day in the life! Follow the 4ocean Haiti team as they prepare for the day, clean up the ocean and coastlines, and sort all the plastic and trash they find during their cleanup. It is a lot of work and we do it 7 days a week!
Back in November of 2018, we were so excited about the launch of the 4ocean Ocean Plastic Recovery Vessel and totally fired up to start cleaning up massive amounts of plastic pollution from river mouths and the ocean. But, we quickly learned that she just wasn't quite ready to start her mission. So, it was back to the shipyard for some modifications. Check out all the new things we needed to get her back underway.