Our Story

 

In 2019, my eyes were fully opened to the amount of destruction and devastation we are causing our planet by dumping toxic, non-biodegradable materials into our oceans. At least 8 million tons of plastic are put in our oceans every year, and if we do not clean up our act and stop the continuous pollution now, we are facing the possible extinction of so many incredible species and the disruption of the entire ecosystem.

Ocean arose from my love for the sea and my desire to be part of the solution to this growing yet preventable problem. I now have a little boy called Leo and I want him to be able to enjoy the sea as much as I did by creating wonderful memories for years to come.

The plastic collected from the local beaches is then recycled and manufactured into the raw materials we use to make our ethical sandals, in a small workshop local to the area. 12 amazing individuals hand-craft every sandal including cutting & gluing the soles, and placing the strips and logos.

Each pair of recycled Ocean Sandal is ethically made using raw materials that have collected from large parts of the extensive Brazilian coast, including Itaúna Beach in Saquarema. Itaúna beach, a place I have been fortunate enough to spend most of my childhood, is famous for its beautiful Brazilian landscapes and good surf making it the ideal location to host the Brazilian stage of the SURF World Championship.

When purchasing and wearing your Ocean sandals, you are not just buying another pair of shoes. You are part of a clean-up movement and greater initiative to save our oceans and the beautiful life within it. For each pair of flips flops sold, we will donate a percentage to local charities that help care for and maintain the cleanliness and well-being of our seas.

Come and be part of this extraordinary journey.

Bernardo