People Power
is the solution
to the pollution

Do you have a minute or two? We appreciate
every minute you can spare and invest in the
OceanLive projects. Your time can make the
difference for thousands of lives in the oceans,
here at home, or on the other side of the planet. 

Sacrificed it’s life to remind us why we fight

Our story began in 2010 when a small group of us got tired of too many people’s empty talk about saving the oceans without actually taking any action.

OceanLive was founded out of frustration

Our story began in 2010 when a small group of us got tired of too many people’s empty talk about saving the oceans without actually taking any action.

There are soon more reports about ocean plastic pollution than there are fish in our oceans. The planet needs more action but less talk! We decided to take matters into our own hands and founded Plastic Free Oceans – later known as OceanLive.

During our initial phase, we relied on our own private capital and spent our time collecting plastic waste from polluted beaches. On one of our cleanup expeditions, we stumbled upon an unpleasant and heart-wrenching siaght. There on the beach lay a helpless turtle laying on the sand, starved to death after consuming large quantities of plastic waste. We thought we already had seen everything, but this was a terrible sight. The team was shaken to the core and many of us had an emotional breakdown. We realized that our work was crucial and that our efforts were far from enough …

This unpleasant experience became our turning point. It pushed us to take our work even more seriously and we made up plans to expand our efforts. The name was changed to OceanLive during this transition. OceanLive’s vision was to defeat marine plastic waste to such an extent that our organization would no longer need to exist.

As our organization grew in popularity, so did our responsibilities. We started working with other organizations to jointly reduce the amount of ocean plastic and to educate people about the effect plastic waste has on marine life. Among other things, we got involved in banning plastic bags in trade, which has finally had an effect in many places. To raise awareness of environmental issues, we held educational seminars and promoted public events. We created networks of volunteers from around the world who are also passionate about eradicating ocean plastic.

Our hard work paid off, and OceanLive developed partnerships with many organizations, industries, and governments to reduce ocean plastics and find sustainable solutions. However, we knew there was still much to be done. The world needed a positive change, and we were more determined than ever to make it happen. In order to preserve our oceans for future generations, we are committed to maintaining their safety and health so that no more turtles will have to starve to death after eating marine plastic.

So, when you see OceanLive’s logo with a turtle, think of the one who sacrificed it’s life to remind us why we fight.

Remember, every little action counts towards a cleaner and better earth.

OceanLives
Core Values

Our three core values are the fundamental beliefs of our organization. They guide the actions, behaviors, and decisions of the people in OceanLive, and they shape the culture of our organization. When everyone thinks and act accordingly by the values, it helps to create a sense of unity and purpose within our organization, and it also helps to build trust and confidence with stakeholders, such as employees, volunteers, governments, researchers and producers.

“OceanLive’s vision is to defeat marine plastic waste to such an extent that our organization no longer need to exist”

Additionally, adhering to core values can help to ensure that everyone at OceanLive is making decisions that are aligned with our mission and goals. It is important that everyone stays true the core values because it helps to create a consistent and positive experience for everyone, and it helps to create a strong and cohesive culture within the OceanLive.

1. LEAD
As a charity focused on addressing the global issue of plastic pollution in the oceans, it is important for OceanLive to take a leading role in driving change. This involves educating the public about the issue, advocating for policy change, and implementing effective waste management practices. We encourage employees and partners to take initiative and ownership in their work, and to inspire and guide others towards the OceanLive’s mission. Foster a culture of leadership at all levels, and provide opportunities for employees and partners to develop their leadership skills.

2. DEVELOP
In order to continue making progress in our mission, it is important for our organization to continuously develop and improve upon our strategies and approaches. This could involve researching and piloting new technologies for waste management, partnering with other organizations to share knowledge and resources, and investing in the development of our team.

We support the ongoing learning and development of employees and partners through training, mentorship, and professional development opportunities. Encourage a growth mindset and a willingness to learn and adapt.

3. COLLABORATE
No single organization can solve the issue of plastic pollution in the oceans alone. It is crucial for our charity to collaborate with a wide range of partners, including other NGOs, governments, businesses, and individuals. By working together, we can leverage the strengths and resources of each partner to maximize the impact of our efforts.

We encourage employees and partners to work together in a spirit of teamwork and cooperation. Foster an inclusive and open culture where diverse perspectives and ideas are valued. Provide opportunities for employees and partners to network and collaborate with one another, and with external stakeholders.

OVERALL
A successful strategy for OceanLive will involve a combination of these three core values, as well as a focus on sustainability and long-term impact. We integrate our values into our onboarding and ongoing training processes, and incorporate them into our performance evaluation and feedback systems. By consistently reinforcing and recognizing our values, we can create a culture that
aligns with and upholds OceanLive’s core values.

Together we form the most leading initiative to collect ocean plastic

All organizations fighting ocean plastic in the same determined way as OceanLive do, we consider as ally partners by us. We gladly support, collaborate and share time, knowledge and resources as long as we strive to fulfill the same crucial goal. OceanLive works with partners across the globe to document, collect, recycle and prevent plastic waste from entering our oceans. As a united force, we can reduce marine plastic pollution more effectively and sustainably.

Partners worth engaging with

Great knowledge is never a waste

This fun and educational children’s book from OceanLive will learn how our actions affect the planet and how little things can have a big impact.

Our business mainly focuses on working in the sectors of Remediation, Impact, and Development. Collecting plastic from beaches, waterways, and our oceans has a major impact on our environment, but we must place equal emphasis on preventing plastic waste from ending up in our oceans.

We do this primarily by informing, inspiring, documenting, setting demands, and seeking new ways to create a sustainable society.

Feel free to participate and support our fight.

Talking trash
pays off

Close collaborations with local governments play a primary role in setting up waste management, collecting plastic garbage in an early stage, and forming a sustainable infrastructure.

Less trash = Less costs = More meaning.

360° holistic perspective on sustainability

Our business mainly focuses on working in the sectors of Remediation, Impact, and Development. Collecting plastic from beaches, waterways, and our oceans has a major impact on our environment, but we must place equal emphasis on preventing plastic waste from ending up in our oceans.

We do this primarily by informing, inspiring, documenting, setting demands, and seeking new ways to create a sustainable society.

Feel free to participate and support our fight.

Stop produce more plastic. It's already here!

Plastics are synthetic polymers designed to be durable and resistant to degradation. Most conventional plastics can persist in the environment for hundreds to thousands of years, depending on factors such as exposure to sunlight, moisture, and temperature.

Since the mass production of plastics began in the mid-20th century, billions of metric tons of plastic have been manufactured worldwide. 

While some plastics may break down into smaller fragments over time through processes like photodegradation and mechanical weathering, they typically do not biodegrade in the same way organic materials do. Instead, they fragment into microplastics, which can persist in the environment for extended periods.

Our Mission

OceanLive is the most leading initiative to collect ocean plastic. Our mission is to inspire sustainable consumption of plastic and to reduce the amount of plastic in our oceans by all possible means.

The headquarters of OceanLive are located in Oslo and Manila, and the other locations we are represented in are in San Francisco, Gothenburg, Barcelona, Bali and Dar es-Salaam. Most of our offices are temporary, since we adapt our resources to nature’s circumstances and needs.

This is how your money is being used

The success of our efforts would not have been possible without the support of our fantastic members.
81% percent of your donation goes directly to OceanLives programs to reduce ocean plastics and increase public awareness of plastic consumption and recycling. Read more about how we uses your money within the organization and to support the UN’s Global Goal No. 14.1

The following items make up OceanLive’s overall costs

You should always know how charities like OceanLive spend the money, before donating, so you know where your funds are going. We cooperate with European ethical charity audit which ensures that we are always transparent about the way we spend your money, so you can make informed decisions about supporting us..

81% percent of your donation goes directly to OceanLives programs to reduce ocean plastics and increase public awareness of plastic consumption and recycling. Our remaining 19% is spent on hiring talented people, building effective infrastructure, developing systems to handle plastic waste, and researching and developing sustainable methods to manage it.
Below is a more detailed description:

Cleanup efforts
Collecting plastic from seas, beaches, and waterways by hand is still the most effective way to clean up without harming nature. It requires a great deal of dedication from many people. They also need trained group leaders from OceanLive who plan and organize expeditions, provide safe equipment, necessary utensils, food, and water to the group. Plastic must then be transported to a reliable recycling facility after it is collected.

Fundraising costs
Costs of digital platforms and its paid services as well as employees and the activities needed to collect gifts from individuals and businesses.

Providing knowledge
Costs that OceanLive has to establish insight and knowledge of our global problem situation, around waste management and recycling, as well as conducting program activities for attitude and behavior change among consumers in Norway and abroad.

Administrative costs
In order to ensure control and governance and run the organization’s business efficiently, these purposes are fundamental. Costs associated with rent, administrative systems, and certain staff members. There are costs associated with digital platforms and their paid services, as well as employees and the management required to raise donations from individuals and businesses.

Research and development
To develop efficient methods for collecting plastic from our oceans, to sort and separate for efficient recycling, and to process and refine collected plastic that can add value to society, we work with scientists, engineers, innovators, and specialists in several problem areas.

Does it cost money to raise money?
It does, in fact. We strive to be as cost-effective as possible – our collection and administration costs are well below the limits prescribed by the the Norwegian control authority European Ethical Charity Audit. These costs are necessary for us to be able to achieve both immediate and long-term sustainable improvements for vulnerable places in the world. To continue collecting more plastic, we must raise more money. The money is mainly used to take out plastic from our oceans and prevent it from getting there in the first place. Furthermore, we must spend money on marketing and spreading knowledge about plastics and recycling. Managing, planning, coordinating, developing, and administrating recycled plastic after collection incur costs as well. Simply put, these expenses ensure that your money reaches its intended recipients and makes a big difference.
We meet the requirements by a good margin. More than 80% of money raised go to the stated purpose. OceanLive achieves the goals by a good margin and 81% of your donation goes directly to our programs.

Audit of Norwegian OceanLive’s board of directors’ activities
Norwegian OceanLive’s operations and management are audited by an audit firm each year. A firm of accountants is elected by the annual general meeting to audit the next two calendar years. An authorized auditor must be appointed by the accounting firm. Chartered Accountant is not a member of OceanLive.

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