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Marine Debris

18,000 pieces of plastic are estimated to float in every square kilometre of ocean.

633 species worldwide including 77 Australian species are impacted by marine debris.

Over 75% of what is removed from our beaches is made of plastic.

Tangaroa Blue Foundation is an Australian-wide not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris, one of the major environmental issues worldwide. But if all we do is clean-up, that is all we will ever do.

To successfully solve the problem, the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) was created, an on-ground network of volunteers, communities and organisations that contribute data from rubbish collected during beach and river clean-up events to the AMDI Database, and then work on solutions to stop the flow of litter at the source. The AMDI helps communities look after their coastal environment by providing resources and support programs, and collaborates with industry and government to create change on a large scale.

In Maori and Polynesian mythology, Tangaroa is the god of the ocean. Tangaroa made laws to protect the ocean and its sea creatures "Tiaki mai i ahau, maku ano koe e tiaki"... If you look after me, then I will look after you..." When, after a week-long clean-up event, the whales and dolphins come close to our beach and slap their flippers, we sometimes wonder if it is Tangaroa saying "thank you".

Banksia Sustainability Award Finalist!

finalist big communities 17 WebTangaroa Blue Foundation is proud to announce that we have been chosen as a finalist in this years Banksia Sustainability Awards under the Sustainable & Resilient Communities category!

The Banksia Sustainability Awards, are regarded as the most prestigious and longest running sustainability awards in Australia and the winnters will be announced on November 1st in Sydney. 

Congratulations to all the finalists! We look forward to meeting everyone at the award ceremony!

Brush for Change!

Tangaroa Blue Foundation Meme 3 LowOne of the most common items of plastic debris collected by our army of volunteers is the humble toothbrush. With each of us, on average, using 400 toothbrushes in our lifetime, and with approximately 25 million Australians; that equates to 3,500 TONNES of plastic toothbrushes each and every year going into our landfill, waterways and oceans. That is a frightening statistic! The flow on impact to our marine life is devastating.

Jump on board with us and Brush for Change and help make a difference. From October 1st until December 31 every time you make a purchase and use the coupon code: TB117 - two dollars will be passed onto Tangaroa Blue Foundation. The pack of four toothbrushes comes to under $20 so please visit Brush for Change at www.brushforchange.com.au and let’s all Brush for Change.

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Operation Clean Sweep Australia

Preventing marine debris is all about stopping it at the source. We are proud to have launched Operation Clean Sweep in Australia and would like to share with you our latest video showcasing how one of the first companies to sign up to the program in Australia has implemented it into their operations. A huge thank you to Co-Ex Films, Streamline Media Australia, the Victorian Government's Litter Hotspot Program and the Western Australian Government’s State Natural Resource Management Program WA.

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Did you know?

Since 2004 Tangaroa Blue volunteers and partners have been hard at work cleaning our beaches!

  • Number of clean-up sites: 2 400
  • Number of volunteers: 88 377
  • Number of tonnes removed: 809 tonnes
  • Number of items removed: 8 738 727 items
  • Number of volunteer hours: 213 584 hours
  • Number of clean-ups: 9 938