Saltwater Tribe is committed to donating 5% of profits to Tangaroa Blue Foundation to support their important work tackling marine debris.
WHO IS TANGAROA BLUE?
Tangaroa Blue Foundation is an Australian-wide not-for-profit organisation dedicated to both the removal and prevention of marine debris, a major environmental issue worldwide. To tackle this issue the Foundation created the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI). The AMDI is an on-ground network of volunteers, communities and organisations that contribute data from rubbish collected during beach and river clean-up events to a centralised database, and then use data collected to find solutions to stop the flow of litter at the source. The AMDI also helps communities look after their coastal environment through providing resources and support programs, and actively collaborates with industry and government to create change on a large scale.
WHAT DOES TANGAROA MEAN?
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, the Foundation sometimes wonder if it is Tangaroa saying “thank you”.
TANGAROA BLUE ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE
Establishment of the Australian Marine Debris Initiative.
Removal of over 7.3 million items and documentation them in the AMDI Database since 2004.
Creation of over 75,000 volunteer opportunities.
Establishment over 2,100 clean-up sites around Australia.
Removal of over 705 tonnes of marine debris (the majority of which was plastic which doesn’t weigh very much).
Implementation of over 100 Source Reduction Plans across Australia focused on strategies to prevent and stop the flow of rubbish into our oceans at the source.
WHAT IS MARINE DEBRIS?
Marine debris (or marine litter) is human-created rubbish that has deliberately or accidentally been released into the marine environment. Common examples include plastic bottles, food packaging, cigarette butts and fishing nets.
Why is marine debris one of the major environmental issues worldwide?
Here are some facts to get you up to speed:
Every year ~8 million tonnes of marine debris enter the world’s oceans.
75% of all marine debris is plastic.
By 2050 it is expected the weight of plastic in the ocean will be greater than the weight of fish!
Plastics never biodegrade; instead they ‘photodegrade’ meaning they gradually become smaller and smaller pieces.
90-95% of all open ocean marine debris is ‘microplastic’ (plastic pieces less than 5mm in size).
These microplastics cause injury, make breathing difficuly, reduce feeding & growth and cause individuals to produce fewer offspring.
Hundreds of different species world wide ingest and may be killed by marine debris. This includes whales, turtles, sharks and sea birds.
WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT MARINE DEBRIS?
Here are just some of the ways you can make a difference.
Do not litter and pick up litter when you see it, if it is safe to do so.
Recycle when you can and throw other products (including condoms and sanitary products) in the bin.
Take your own reusable bags when you go shopping, buy in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging used, and purchase unpackaged food where possible.
Say no to plastic straws (slurp don’t suck…paper, stainless steel, glass & bamboo options are available if you really need to use one).
Avoid buying water in plastic bottles, instead use a reusable water bottle. Use your own coffee cup when ordering your next takeaway coffee.
Have that awkward conversation, provide feedback to bars, restaurants, shop’s etc. that you frequently visit and talk to friends + family about single use plastic.