Debris Free Oceans

LAST UPDATED: November 02, 2018
Environment & Public Spaces
Debris Free Oceans ( is a 100% volunteer-run, Miami-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring local communities to responsibly manage the lifecycle of plastics and waste through education, outreach, research and policy initiatives. Since its inception in 2014, Debris Free Oceans has removed over 25,000lbs of marine debris from our South Florida reefs and beaches and educated over 5,200 students in Miami about how to live a zero-waste lifestyle. Hosting over 130 lifestyle awareness events, Debris Free Oceans has engaged an additional 5,600 people in interactive zero-waste events designed to promote positive behavior change, including Debris Free Ocean’s annual eco-fashion show and regularly hosted Keg + Klean and Pub Crawl Pickup events. Founded by attorneys, entrepreneurs, and scientists, Debris Free Oceans has the unique capacity to provide comprehensive sustainability consulting services to local businesses, and the group has eliminated millions of single-use plastics from the waste stream by working with leading establishments, including The Rusty Pelican, The Wynwood Yard, Whiskey Joes, Under the Mango Tree, and Treehouse Miami. @debrisfreeoceans #imnodirtybeach
5 Island Ave. #8E
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Co-founder & President
Florida Bar
Co-Founder & Treasurer
Florida Bar and Florida CPA
Co-Founder & Director of Development
Director of Science
Board Member
Board Member


Caiti Waks
Co-Founder and President
Tracy Nolan
Education Director
Madeline Kaufman
Outreach Coordinator
Sierra Sarkis
Social Media Coordinator
Lucia Speroni
Science Advisor
Colleen Coughlin
Director of Eco-Fashion
Ellie Perdomo


This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.