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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

December 5, 2022 in Awareness, Consulting, Education, Featured, Food for thought, Single-Use Plastics

Plastic Free Cities is HERE

We are honored to have recently been awarded one of the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s Prevention Grants for 2022, funding an exciting 2-year collaborative project between DFO, Ocean Conservancy and…
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August 29, 2022 in Cleanups, Consulting, Education, Single-Use Plastics

Blue Grove Sustainability Consulting Program

This month, we will be hosting three events in Coconut Grove focused on cleaning our neighborhood and celebrating businesses eliminating single-use plastics! Throughout September and October, our collaborative programming will…
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June 30, 2021 in Awareness, Consulting, Single-Use Plastics

#PlasticFreeMB Plastic Free July Challenge

Happy Plastic Free July! This is one of our favorite months because it raises incredible amounts of awareness about how to stop marine debris from the source: going plastic-free! We…
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March 18, 2021 in Awareness, Law & Policy

2021 Florida State Legislative Advocacy

It’s time to organize and advocate! The Florida State Legislature is in session, and there are several important bills on the table that could redirect power to our local governments.…
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February 23, 2021 in Awareness, Food for thought, Single-Use Plastics

Single Use to Systems Change

Every week or so, it seems as though there are new studies and striking headlines drawing our attention to yet another terrible consequence of plastic production, consumption, and waste. Researchers…
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Students Educated about Plastic Pollution
Pounds of Trash Removed from Miami
People engaged at Zero-Waste lifestyle events