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 together with ECOEMBES and Upcycling the Oceans Thailand, with the support of PTT Global Chemical and the Thai government, is coordinating the Upcycling the Oceans project in Spain and 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. 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. 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.
UPCYCLING THE OCEANS SPAIN WAS BORN
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.
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500 tons of marine waste have been collected since 2015
UPCYCLING THE OCEANS THAILAND WAS BORN
During the second edition of Sustainable Brands Bangkok, the ECOALF Foundation announced a three-year commitment to enforce the upcycling of the oceans in southeast Thailand, in cooperation with the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Yuthasak Supasornha, the Thai government and the CEO of PTT Global Chemical, Mr. Supattanapong Punmeechaow.
“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.
“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.