4ocean, a purpose-driven B Corp with a mission to end the ocean plastic crisis, is celebrating the midway point of a partnership with U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA). With Earth Day 2022 approaching, both entities are proud to announce that 30,000 pounds of trash have been removed from the world’s oceans through 4ocean’s Certified Cleanup Partnership Program.
The two organizations have been working together towards ocean-positive sustainability since November 2021. This is the first of a multi-year collaboration between 4ocean and U.S. Polo Assn., with a goal for 2022 to remove a total of 60,000 pounds of plastic from the oceans, rivers and coastlines around the world. With the help of 88 crew members and seven ocean vessels, most of the 30,000 pounds of waste were pulled in Indonesia across six specific beaches.
“Partnerships like the one we have with U.S. Polo Assn. help to create positive change for the ocean by pushing our 4ocean cleanup operations forward,” said Alex Schulze, founder of 4ocean. “At the midway point of our 2021-2022 partnership, we are stoked to say that U.S. Polo Assn. has proudly pulled 30,000 pounds of trash from the ocean.”
Schulze added, “This just goes to show that when like-minded companies work together, we all can contribute to ending the ocean plastic pollution crisis.”
This meaningful partnership is a component of U.S. Polo Assn.’s overarching sustainability initiative, USPA Life, which works towards reducing the environmental impact of its business on people and the planet for future generations. USPA Life offers a global and growing selection of apparel, footwear and accessories with sustainable attributes.
“U.S. Polo Assn. has been taking a global holistic approach to our long-term sustainability journey with initiatives like our 4ocean partnership and our USPA Life product line,” said J. Michael Prince, President and CEO of USPA Global Licensing Inc., which manages the multi-billion-dollar U.S. Polo Assn. brand. “As we approach Earth Day 2022, we want our consumers across 194 countries to know that we are working diligently to improve our global footprint in a variety of ways, including through partnerships with prominent organizations like 4ocean that share our mission and vision.”