Rethink

Reduce

Reuse

Recycle

Recapture

Redesign

Debris Free Oceans is a Miami-based 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 believe in shifting our culture towards a circular economy, where “waste” no longer exists and all consumables are part of a closed-loop lifecycle. Our messaging encourages us all to RETHINK single-use consumption and to embrace lifestyles with more action and less clutter. This begins with understanding how the 5Rs can be incorporated into all facets of society.

We promote ways to REDUCE the amount of waste we send to the landfill by refusing single-use plastics.

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

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

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 advocate for the REDESIGN of marine debris into artistic and functional contributions to our society.

ANNUAL PROGRAMS

01. Education

Educating students, organizations, businesses, and politicians about zero-waste lifestyles.

02. Cleanups

Merging Miami’s social scene with sustainability by cleaning up marine debris during beach parties and pub-crawl events.

03. Zero-Waste Lifestyle Events

Hosting zero-waste events highlighting how individuals, businesses, and communities can incorporate zero-waste principles into immediate and long-term strategy.

04. Sustainability Consulting

Consulting companies on how to eliminate waste, increase product reuse, and inspire other businesses and their consumers to live waste-free.

05. Law & Policy

Supporting law and policy reform that supports the responsible lifecycle management of plastics and waste.

06. Research

Researching marine debris to help fill gaps in knowledge regarding marine debris accumulation and dispersal.

Oh, & We Blog Sometimes

October 10, 2018 in Awareness, Bioplastics

The Truth About Bioplastics: Green(Washing) Is the New Black

It’s no surprise that plastic, the material quite literally designed to last forever, is starting to pile so high that the hashtag #PlanetorPlastic is now trending. You’ve heard the stats:…
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October 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

How Plastics Contribute to Climate Change

Information about the detrimental effects of plastic waste has certainly captivated global attention. Individuals across the globe are increasingly seeking plastic-free alternatives and striving for more sustainable waste management in…
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September 20, 2019 in Awareness, Education, Featured, Food for thought, Law & Policy

Global Climate Strike 2019

Although it may not have been obvious initially, Debris Free Oceans's founding principles and active mission are intricately linked to the implications of the current global climate crisis. Now, more…
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September 14, 2019 in Awareness, Education, Food for thought

No Bulk? No Problem.

With growing attention on the aesthetic of idealized zero waste living, changing our habitual plastic-dependent tasks can seem daunting and out-of-reach. One of the most common sources of excessive plastic…
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September 14, 2019 in Awareness, Consulting, Education, Research

DFO Behind the Scenes

Behind every non-profit organization is a group of individuals invested in advancing its mission. Debris Free Oceans is fortunate enough to have a dynamic dream team composed of engaged scientists…
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7,018
Students Educated about Plastic Pollution
29,345
Pounds of Trash Removed from Miami
7,883
People engaged at Zero-Waste lifestyle events