OceanZen

The ocean holds a warm place in the hearts of many Australians, and one passionate social enterprise that's helping us protect it is OceanZen, a sustainable swimwear brand that makes bikinis out of ocean plastic and other debris. So now you can help save the ocean whilst enjoying it, in your ocean-loving bikini.

$40K+

Crowdfunded

1000+

Sold in a 6 months

$1500

Sponsorship

In Australia, only 1 in 5 plastic bottles actually get recycled, and every minute approximately 90,000 plastic bottles end up in the ocean or landfill - our beloved oceans are drowning in this debris. One passionate social enterprise tackling this waste problem is OceanZen, a sustainable, ocean-loving swimwear brand. Founded in 2014 by Steph Gabriel, an ocean conservationist and environmental scientist, OceanZen bikinis are made out of recycled yarn derived from plastic bottles and fishing nets found in our oceans. Not only are these bikinis supporting cleaner oceans, but they're preventing countless species of marine life from unnecessary suffering.
While traveling the world for environmental research, Steph saw the life-changing impact employment and a steady income can have on a family, so she decided to have all her bikinis ethically made by a Balinese family, paying them well above fair trade prices, which then allows the family to play an active role in supporting their community. With the support of Dreamstarter, Steph was able to continue to grow and scale her business by enabling her to develop and launch a second swimwear collection and empower Australians to help protect our oceans one swimsuit at a time.

In 2017, through ING Dreamstarter crowdfunding, OceanZen raised over $40,000, which has gone towards the production of their new collection, which launched November 2017. The remaining funds will go towards sending Steph to Richard Branson's Entrepreneurial program, where she will receive intensive business training and coaching from the world's leading business owners.

Impact:
  • OceanZen have sold over 1,000 bikinis, even selling out for the first half of the year.
  • Steph has been asked to speak at a number of conferences around sustainability.
How to support the work of OceanZen:

View the new collection and support sustainable fashion.

Spread the word - follow and share OceanZen's journey.

  • Nov 2016

    Fashion Week

    OceanZen featured 14 bikinis at the Sunshine Coast Fashion Week.

  • Nov 2016

    Winning!

    OceanZen was awarded the Ethical and Sustainability Award at the Sunshine Coast Fashion week.

  • 2016

    Making waves

    Steph was name top five finalist for young entrepreneur of the year award at Sunshine Coast Business Awards.

  • 2017

    Dreamstarter success

    Raised $41,055 through Dreamstarter crowdfunding.

  • May 2017

    Success!

    Steph is set to attend Richard Branson’s entrepreneur program on Necker Island.

  • Sep 2017

    Business & Pleasure

    Steph led a retreat in Tonga, where 8 female fans from Instagram followed Humpback whales, learning about plastic pollution.

  • Oct 2017

    AMP conference

    Steph speaks at AMP Capital retail sustainability conference alongside brands incl. Marie Claire, ASOS & H&M - just to name a few.

  • Nov 2017

    Second collection

    Launch of the second swimwear collection, including a one-piece and eco water bottle.

  • Nov 2017

    Award season

    Founder Steph named as finalist in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award at Sunshine Coast Business Awards for the second year running.