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10 Million Items Recorded in the AMDI Database

10 mill 01Tangaroa Blue Foundation reveals details of 10 million items littering our waterways and coast.
An Australian first study into the origin of rubbish in our oceans and waterways has found plastic fragments, cigarette butts and plastic lids & bottlecaps are the main contributors to pollution.

The study, which provided over 100,000 volunteer opportunities across Australia, collected 10 million items of rubbish and recorded them in the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) Database in a bid to help save our oceans from plastic and debris.

“By understanding where this rubbish is coming from we can stop it at the source before it enters the environment,” says Heidi Taylor Managing Director of Tangaroa Blue.


Are you a database wizz?

AMDI LogoTangaroa Blue's Australian Marine Debris Database is growing every day with volunteers and partners across Australia sending in their data sheets from their beach, river and community clean-up events. In the next few months we will reach a huge milestone clicking over 10,000,000 marine debris items being recorded!

Our database team needs to grow to meet this demand and we are looking for an AMDI Database project officer to join our team.


Tangaroa Blue & Kathmandu Aussie Tour!

Kathmandu Brisbane 2

On November 4th 2017, Tangaroa Blue Foundation teamed up with Kathmandu in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth to run a series of clean-ups for their Summit Club and motivated community members. Prizes were won, 76 participants had fun, and a total of 239.6 kilograms of rubbish was successfully cleared from Australia’s coasts and waterways, and audited for the Australian Marine Debris Database.

At the City Botanic Gardens in Brisbane, 109.6kg of litter were picked up by 22 volunteers. In Sydney at Meadowbank Memorial Park, 59.5kg of marine debris was removed by 14 volunteers. Another 58.5kg was cleared at Dight’s Falls in Melbourne by 23 volunteers and 12kg was cleaned up by 17 volunteers from Walter’s Point in Perth.


Treadlighter Mission

Libby 1“The world has no remote control. If there are things you don’t like, get up and change them yourself.”

Riding a plant around the world to raise awareness about (and lessen) ocean plastic pollution, whilst generating her own electricity and fresh air?! Libby likes to dream big. Sunny is her unique, lovingly handcrafted bamboo (and air plant) bicycle with a serious mission. This bamboo warrior isn't just a sustainably built, low carbon footprint mode of transport, it is an organic symbol of determination, achievement and hope. Bamboo has proved a pleasure to create with, decorate and ride. Plus, it can be composted at the end of its life. That's got to be recycling at its best...


Tangaroa Blue Joins Jack Johnson Tour!

JJ BeachCleanupJack Johnson is taking his green touring to the next level by expanding plastic free initiatives in Australia and New Zealand during his upcoming tour in December! Tangaroa Blue is teaming up with Jack and his All At Once community to host beach clean-ups leading up to each concert! Jack and his crew, alongside REVERB and Green Music Australia, are working with venues to reduce single-use plastic for the shows.

As part of a Reusable Pint Program, fans can purchase a reusable pint at the show and use it each time they buy a beverage to reduce single-use plastic waste. People can also fill up their own reusable water bottles for free at the All At Once Water Stations. Venues are encouraged to get rid of straws completely or offer plastic straws “by request only” as well as provide alternatives to plastic serveware at all concessions.

Jack is also helping us to fundraise and will match dollar for dollar any donations we receive between Oct 15 - Dec 31 up to $2500US - what a great time to donate to Tangaroa Blue!

Tangaroa Blue is proud to be an All At Once Non-Profit Partner and we are coordinating beach clean-ups in each city of the tour as a way for fans to take action and enter to win free concert tickets. In addition to eliminating plastic waste at the show, fans can support plastic free initiatives by connecting with All At Once Non-Profit Partners in the Village Green. Swing by to visit us - Tangaroa Blue will be at all shows in Australia!

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