How does OceanHero work?

Advertisers pay us whenever you click on their ads

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This allows us to pay for
the collection of
ocean-bound plastic

On average for 17 tabs, we can pay a person to return the equivalent of one plastic bottle

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Where does all the plastic in the ocean come from?

The main source is people living in extreme poverty.

Most of the plastic originates in just six countries. In all six of them, a large part of the population lives in extreme poverty and near rivers or oceans.

When living under harsh conditions, proper recycling is not among your top priorities.

Most poverty-stricken areas have no functioning waste collection system. As waste plastic has no value to the people living there, they dispose of it in the environment — very often into rivers or oceans.

By giving waste plastic a value and building a collection infrastructure, we tackle the root cause of plastic pollution.

To people living on less than USD 1 a day, plastic then becomes a valuable resource. Once a value is attached to it, it becomes worthwhile for people to collect and return it.

OceanHero, together with PlasticBank, pays people in need to recover ocean-bound plastic.

OceanHero, together with PlasticBank, pays people in need to recover ocean-bound plastic.At our partner's many collection hubs in Indonesia, Haiti, and the Philippines, collectors can now hand in plastic for money. Brazil will shortly be added to the list.

At these plastic collection hubs, as we call them, over 4,300 collectors are now exchanging plastic for money or school tuition or sanitation.

The plastic they bring is weighted and paid for by the pound. Collecting plastic is a viable means of earning a living, for people in countries with extreme poverty.

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Some frequently asked questions

What about micro plastics and nano plastics?

We believe that, before one can effectively clean debris from the oceans, the leakage of waste must be stopped in the first place—in other words, the tap must be turned off. Therefore, our primary focus is ocean-bound plastic waste—materials that have not been landfilled and are prone to enter waterways.

Does it help to remove only some types of plastic?

We have signed a partnership with Plastic Bank, which primarily collects the following post-consumer waste: HDPE (milk containers, detergent containers, base cups for plastic soda bottles), LDPE (plastic bags, bubble wrap), PET (plastic beverage containers, polyester textiles), and PP (battery casings, dairy product containers). You can check out their website for more information.

Plastic Bank

Can I generate tabs with bots?

Bot traffic is bad for OceanHero. We generate revenue only from real users who click relevant ads that ensure positive results for our advertisers. All other traffic, and ad clicks don't generate any revenue. In fact, they only create costs for OceanHero, reducing the amount of money that we can spend on plastic collection. Consequently, we monitor our traffic and quality indicators daily and implement measures, as needed, in order to prevent harmful traffic. So, in a nutshell, normal usage is the best for OceanHero.

How do I remove Ocean Hero?

Right click on our icon next to the address bar at the top. Then, you will see an option to remove it. If this does not work, please open settings. Then click on "extensions", and select the OceanHero extension. You can then remove it from your browser.

How much plastic have you removed from the oceans?

Every month, we publish information on the "About Us" page that details how much ocean-bound plastic we were able to collect. Visit this page to learn more about OceanHero.

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What happens to the recovered plastic?

Our partner, Plastic Bank, recycles the collected plastic into so-called social plastic, which is then used to create products that support environmental awareness. You can check out their website to read more.

Plastic Bank

How can I support OceanHero?

You will have the greatest impact by sharing our video with your friends and family. But we want to hear about any other good ideas you may have!

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Can I donate to OceanHero?

Unfortunately not. But there are many other organizations that accept donations. Like the OceanCleanUp.

How much plastic does one tab recover?

On average every 17 tabs, one ocean-bound plastic bottle can be recovered.

Why are you doing this?

The problem of plastic pollution is not getting better. Every year, our plastic production grows by 3%. At present, there are no effective ways of keeping plastic out of the ocean.

I have an idea to help

We'd love to hear about it. Please get in touch.

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How do you earn money?

We earn money by showing ads. We show a few links on your new tab page. Whenever you use those links, we receive a small share of the revenue.

Why are you doing this?

The problem of plastic pollution is not getting better. Every year, our plastic production grows by 3%. At present, there are no effective ways of keeping plastic out of the ocean.

How much plastic does one tab recover?

On average every 17 tabs, one ocean-bound plastic bottle can be recovered.

How can I support OceanHero?

You will have the greatest impact by sharing our video with your friends and family. But we want to hear about any other good ideas you may have!

New Video

Can I donate to OceanHero?

Unfortunately not. But there are many other organizations that accept donations. Like the OceanCleanUp.

I have an idea to help

We'd love to hear about it. Please get in touch.

Get in touch

What happens to the recovered plastic?

Our partner, Plastic Bank, recycles the collected plastic into so-called social plastic, which is then used to create products that support environmental awareness.

Plastic bank

How much plastic have you removed from the oceans?

Every month, we publish information on the "About Us" page that details how much ocean-bound plastic we were able to collect. Visit this page to learn more about OceanHero.

Learn more

How do I remove Ocean Hero?

Right click on our icon next to the address bar at the top. Then, you will see an option to remove it. If this does not work, please open settings. Then click on "extensions", and select the OceanHero extension. You can then remove it from your browser.

Learn more

Can I generate tabs with bots?

Bot traffic is bad for OceanHero. We generate revenue only from real users who click relevant ads that ensure positive results for our advertisers. All other traffic, and ad clicks don't generate any revenue. In fact, they only create costs for OceanHero, reducing the amount of money that we can spend on plastic collection. Consequently, we monitor our traffic and quality indicators daily and implement measures, as needed, in order to prevent harmful traffic. So, in a nutshell, normal usage is the best for OceanHero.

Does it help to remove only some types of plastic?

We have signed a partnership with Plastic Bank, which primarily collects the following post-consumer waste: HDPE (milk containers, detergent containers, base cups for plastic soda bottles), LDPE (plastic bags, bubble wrap), PET (plastic beverage containers, polyester textiles), and PP (battery casings, dairy product containers). You can check out their website for more information.

Plastic bank

What about micro plastics and nano plastics?

We believe that, before one can effectively clean debris from the oceans, the leakage of waste must be stopped in the first place—in other words, the tap must be turned off. Therefore, our primary focus is ocean-bound plastic waste—materials that have not been landfilled and are prone to enter waterways.