Debris Free Oceans is a volunteer-run organization that inspires local communities to responsibly manage the lifecycle of plastics and waste as part of a global initiative to eradicate marine debris from our beaches, reefs, and oceans.

We motivate our generation to RETHINK disposable and single-use consumption by embracing lifestyles with more action and less clutter.

We spawn innovative means to REUSE what we already have instead of spending time and money on products we don’t need.

We RECAPTURE marine debris to prevent its consumption by marine life, its harmful interaction with our global food web, and its impacts on the aesthetic and intrinsic values of our oceans.

We promote ways to REDUCE the amount of waste that we send to landfill and reduce what we each consume on a daily basis.

We promote RECYCLING and regenerating objects unfit for reuse into functional and indispensable innovations.

We inspire to REDESIGN and remake marine debris into artistic and functional contributions to our society.


Annual Program.

01. Awareness

Host zero-waste events that highlight ways individuals can integrate zero-waste principles into their daily lives.

Annual Program.

02. Cleanups

Cleanup marine debris during fun and engaging outreach events and campaigns.

Annual Program.

03. Consulting

Our sustainability consulting program serves to educate companies about how to eliminate waste and increase product reuse and recycle capacity.

Annual Program.

04. Education

Through our education program we inform communities about how we can take steps to reduce our desire for single-use items.

Annual Program.

05. Law & Policy

Assert law and policy reform that forces the marine debris issue before all scales of government and private industry.

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06. Research

Research marine debris dispersal and quantity by incorporating data collection into educational programs.

Oh, & We Blog Sometimes

January 15, 2013 in Awareness, Research

Plastic from an Environmental Health Perspective

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December 13, 2017 in Cleanups

Miami Youth Save the Ocean from Plastic Flower Petals

Nine-year-old John was playing on the beach when he suddenly saw fake rose petals, scattered through the sand and across the dunes. John, a budding eco-warrior, recognized that these fake…
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July 11, 2016 in Law & Policy

Florida, Waters of the United States

The Supreme Court decided United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc., et al.on May 31, 2016. The Justices voted this case unanimously, 8-0, holding that when the United…
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June 23, 2016 in Law & Policy

Miami-Dade County Passes Ordinance to Ban Styrofoam

Polystyrene, known better as Styrofoam is a major problem throughout the world and extremely dangerous for coastal communities. Polystyrene does not biodegrade; it just gets smaller and smaller, clogging storm…
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April 17, 2016 in Awareness

The Islands have Sprinkles

It's 3AM on the Sunday after Floatopia, and I cannot stop pondering the state of our oceans. I proudly claim myself as a South Florida born, Miami-raised girl, reveling in…
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