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, GreeceItaly 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.

Contact: fundacion@ecoalf.com

2015

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 2.600 voluntary fishermen taking part in the Foundation's project for the recycling of marine waste. 

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RECOVERING

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SPINNING

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COLLECTING

600 tonnes of marine waste have been collected since 2015

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RECYCLING

2017

UPCYCLING THE OCEANS THAILAND WAS BORN

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.

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

2020

UPCYCLING THE OCEANS GREECE IS BORN

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. 

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Litter harms marine ecosystems and threatens key economic sectors such as fishing and tourism.

2020

GIVES BIRTH TO UPCYCLING THE OCEANS ITALY

The Italian coast is one of the ECOALF Foundation’s most critical objectives during its expansion throughout the Mediterranean basin. For that reason, in October, it started its course in the Lacio Region with its first pilot port, which will be key in gathering information and demonstrating the viability of Upcycling the Oceans - Italy 

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The fishermen that participate in Upcycling the Oceans collect more garbage during rainy seasons, coinciding with river growth

CLEAN RIVERS, SAVE OCEANS

The ECOALF Foundation and BIOTHERM unite to conserve the aquatic ecosystems and stop litter from reaching the sea in a project with a three year duration that will start up in November 2020 with the Jarama River. The objective is to recuperate fluvial environments by stressing the harm that discarded garbage causes rivers and oceans, simultaneously addressing participation, conservation, sensitivity, and scientific understanding.

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

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS

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 contribute to marine waste. Likewise, GREENDOT supports  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 increase the supply of recycled items that can be used as raw materials. Recently BODEGAS ARRAYAN has joined the group of the ECOALF Foundation’s collaborators with a special interest in addressing the problem by going further inland where 80% of marine waste is generated. This collaboration answers a commitment to practices that are the most respectful to the environment, favoring biodiversity and a natural balance.

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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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