In 2019, Bernardo Pedroso founded Ocean Refresh, a brand with big ambitions and a clear purpose – to rid our oceans of plastic. As the son of one of Brazil’s first female surfers, a love of the ocean was instilled in Bernardo at an early age. With a childhood spent playing in the seas of Brazil’s iconic Itúana beach, the ocean was part of his everyday life. Later, with a family of his own, witnessing the scale of destruction of our planet’s oceans became intolerable. Bernardo felt compelled to take action and play his part in turning the tide on this massive but solvable problem. Ocean Refresh was conceived introducing on of the first true ocean plastic recycled flip flops. With the world’s biggest beach clean-up organisation, Route Brazil, we joined forces and created Route2Ocean with the aim to remove 2 million P.E.T. bottles from our oceans and beaches by 2021.