For Startup Weekend this year the organizers wanted to try something new. All around the world there has been a massive shift in focus and the majority are taking a stand towards a more sustainable future. Therefore, this years Startup Weekend will have a focus on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN. In celebration, Silicon Coast will shine a light on a few businesses, based on the Sunshine Coast, that are leading the way towards a more sustainable future. We will be featuring a new businesses weekly until the event kicks off on the 3rd of April.

To start this off I like to present to you OceanZen. This particular business was founded with a passion for the marine life.

‘’We believe in the cause of a cleaner ocean. It’s an oasis of life and beauty that is under severe threat and needs our urgent attention’’

In 2014 Stephanie Gabriel launched her business, OceanZen, with her sustainable swimwear made of nylon waste, such as recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets. Her passion began while diving in the Caribbean where she was witnessing firsthand the direct impact humans were having on the marine life. Her mission then became to inspire, influence and empower our community to become more conscious consumers and passionate about our ocean life.

‘’Every year around 640,000 tons of ’ghost fishing gear’ enter our ocean and become adrift. These can stay in the ocean up to 600 years and are the silent killers of our marine life’’

By regenerating waste, not only are they making it new again, they are saving our limited resources and energy whilst also reducing carbon emissions. Steph has over the years been featured in multiple articles and also been named one of the most influential women on the Sunshine Coast with her great initiative and innovative business to support our marine life.

As the focus of preserving our planet is become more and more crucial The OceanZen team are leading by example, and we cannot wait to follow their journey.

If you want to know more, have a look on their website –

If you know of another business/organisation on the Sunshine Coast who are focusing on sustainability let us know by sending us an email: [email protected]