The ECOALF FOUNDATION is a non-profit organisation whose main objective is to promote the selective recovery of waste in order to recycle, valorise and avoid its harmful effects on the environment by developing and applying new scientific and technological knowledge.

The Foundation

The History of the ECOALF Foundation is the story of Upcycling the Oceans, an unprecedented global adventure born in the Mediterranean Sea in 2015. The aim is to clean the oceans of marine waste with the help of the fishing industry and to give a second life to plastic waste through recycling and closing the loop. Currently, the ECOALF Foundation collaborates with local partners to carry out Upcycling the Oceans in Spain, Greece and Thailand, likewise it is working on its implementation in other parts of the world. It also collaborates on other projects in the fields of waste management, environmental awareness or research and development with institutions with which it shares common values and objectives.




UPCYCLING THE OCEANS SPAIN is born We have different voices, but we have the same goal: to save the planet and the oceans. Currently, there are 550 boats and more than 2. 500 voluntary fishermen taking part in the Foundation's project for the recycling of marine waste. 








500 tonnes of marine waste have been collected since 2015





Ecoalf Foundation joins the Ministry of Tourism of Thailand and PTT Global Chemical to replicate Upcycling the Oceans in Southeast Thailand. The three-year commitment was announced during the second edition of Sustainable Brands Bangkok.


The Mediterranean is one of the seas with the highest levels of plastic pollution in the world.



The Ecoalf foundation is seeking to replicate the Project all over the Mediterranean area to give a second life to the trash recovered from the bottom of the ocean. Following that commitment, the Ecoalf Foundation has signed an agreement with Enaleia, a social enterprise aiming to make the marine ecosystem sustainable. 


“We are not only concerned about what planet we leave to future generations, but also about what generations we leave to the planet"


The ECOALF Foundation participates in various activities to raise awareness on the problem of waste and damage to the marine ecosystem, as well as on the role of recycling in the search for solutions. Thus, lectures are given and discussions, workshops and exhibitions are organized worldwide for all kinds of audiences, including children.

The ECOALF Foundation is currently supported by KINGSPAN, with which it has signed an agreement for the next three years as part of its commitment to circularity. The objectives of this alliance are to further clean the oceans and to further close the cycle of materials that make up marine waste. Likewise, GREENDOT is supporting the Foundation’s work since it is interested in increasing awareness of the importance of recycling so that we prevent plastic from getting into the sea and create a bigger supply of raw materials. The ECOALF Foundation cooperates with other institutions with which it shares common values in order to create synergies. It is not only about upcycling the oceans, but also about fighting on other fronts, especially in the field of prevention through environmental education. The Foundation works to increase awareness on the opportunity that the recycling industry represents through presentations to various target groups.


Other projects:

“To prevent the waste from entering the sea"

In 2018 Lanjarón and the ECOALF Foundation jointly launched this project, which aims to prevent waste accumulated in coastal areas from getting into the sea. For this project, a number of sites on the Andalusian coast were selected for clean-up operations and detailed characterisation in order to improve the knowledge on the problem and offer future solutions. 

“Decálogo Ciudadano" against marine waste 

In light of the serious problem marine waste represents, CONAMA 2016 witnessed the presentation of the “ Decalogue against Marine Waste",  a document agreed upon by environmental organisations, administrations, third sector bodies, fishermen and businesses, including the ECOALF Foundation, containing advice and good practices focused on prevention, with the aim of contributing to the maintenance of clean beaches, coasts and oceans.

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