Saltwater Tribe is commited to donating 5% of all profit 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 wonders 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.
DID YOU KNOW
Since 2004 Tangaroa Blue volunteers and partners have been hard at work cleaning our beaches!