Dara and I were honored to receive the Miami Dolphins “Local Legend Award” on Oct 15, 2023. Video of us on the Jumbo-tron below.

The power of customer feedback

A small win is actually a big win. For years, a popular chain drug store in Miami Beach had a dumpster in their parking lot for their boxes and waste. They must have spent thousands of dollars for this roll-away, and it was such as shame to see all that cardboard entering the landfill (they […]

Cigarette Ban in City of Miami Beach parks and beaches

Here in Miami Beach, we have spent a decade trying to eliminate cigarette butt litter in very creative and engaging ways including: We‚Äôve produced and handed out 10,000+ reusable pocket ashtrays (made of recycled material of course) (see the pocket ashtray program¬†here) We partnered with Surfrider and the City of Miami Beach to deploy 100 […]

How we eliminated 2.5 MILLION Single-Use Plastic Bottles

100% Plastic Free Soda and Water Contract for the City of Miami Beach We single-handedly tanked a 10-year renewal of an exclusive beverage contract between Coca-Cola and the City of Miami Beach that would have put an additional 25 million single-use plastic bottles (400,000 pounds) onto our beaches while leaving taxpayers to fund the cleanup […]

Survey Results demonstrate the value of cleanups

We know that we cannot clean our way out of this ocean plastic mess, but we’ve always believed that cleanups can provide an eye-opening experience that will put people on a path to being part of the solution. So the obvious question is, how do cleanups affect the participants? In 2021 and 2022, we started […]

Impact Results from the 2022 International Coastal Cleanup Miami-Dade

We had a great and productive day last Saturday for the 2022 International Coastal Cleanup Miami-Dade (Spearheaded globally by the Ocean Conservancy, and organized locally by VolunteerCleanup.org). 3,000 volunteers came out and collected a record shattering 22,125 pounds from 56 unique locations. Even Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava came out.!. See the recap below […]

Ultra Music Festival sets the bar in Festival Greening

Ultra Music Festival (EEG) partnered with VolunteerCleanup.Org, Debris Free Oceans, and Surfrider Foundation Miami Chapter to reduce their impact at their new home at Historic Virginia Key Key Beach and Miami Marine Stadium. Overall, we felt that EEG did an excellent job in reducing their landfill waste, increasing the capture of recyclable materials, engaging the […]

2018 International Coastal Cleanup Day Impact + Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to the Fall edition of our newsletter, chock-full of great updates including the impact summary from September’s¬†International Coastal Cleanup Day,¬†+ Instagram Contest Winners, our upcoming¬†Give Miami Day¬†fundraising campaign on¬†Thursday,¬†November 15th¬†and our recommendations for¬†Ocean Friendly Holiday Gift Giving.¬†¬† Thank you for joining us in our crusade against marine debris and single-use plastics. Read on… International […]