Clean Coast Collective

As a nation of beach lovers, it’s devastating to learn that each year an estimated 8 million tonnes of rubbish enters the world’s oceans. 80 per cent of this pollution is plastic, which not only litters our beaches, but kills 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals worldwide each year. Clean Coast Collective are passionate about protecting Australia’s marine environment and mobilise coastal communities into action through regular beach clean ups and awareness campaigns.

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It’s estimated that there are approximately 15,000 plastic items bobbing around every square kilometre of ocean. This debris not only pollutes Australia’s beautiful coastline, it also kills one million seabirds and over 100,000 marine animals every year. Clean Coast Collective, a non-profit organisation based in Northern NSW, is working to improve the health of our oceans and coastlines through clean up expeditions and consumer campaigns. Each year, Clean Coast Collective takes a group of volunteers on a beach cleaning expedition to spend a week removing tonnes of debris from an isolated part of the coastline. For three years, they also successfully created and distributed a range of plastic-free consumer alternatives, including luxurious gold reusable straws, produce bags, toothbrushes, and shampoo bars handmade in Byron Bay area with natural and organic ingredients. Clean Coast Collective is now moving away from products to dedicate time to more paid expedition experiences. With the support of Dreamstarter, they were able to turn a clean dream into a reality.

Trash Tribe 2018 Chilli Beach - Over 10 days, 10 volunteers removed 3.6 tonnes from the beach.

Data Sample:

  • Total Weight: 3,646 Kilos
  • Plastic fragments: 57,185
  • Bottle lids: 12,763
  • Rubber thongs: 614
  • Plastic bottles: 1,965
  • Rope & Nets: 1,486

"The Dreamstarter crowdfunding campaign reached beyond our immediate group of followers and volunteers and expanded our profile. Without the campaign, it would have taken a long time to grow our followership to where it is today."

Natalie Woods
Co-Founder Clean Coast Collective

In 2015, through ING Dreamstarter crowdfunding initiative, Clean Coast Collective raised $22,135, which funded their first Trash Tribe Expedition. This dream wouldn’t have become a reality without the support and guidance of the ING Dreamstarter team. Then in 2016, they received a $6,000 Grant for Growth from ING Dreamstarter, to help them develop marketing collateral for their new sustainable products.

  • In July 2015, Clean Coast Collective took a group of young designers, artists, musicians and environmentalists to remote Chilli Beach in Cape York to conduct a massive beach clean-up as part of a Dreamstarter supported initiative called, Trash Tribe.
  • Over six days, the group removed 3.1 tonnes of marine debris, consisting of over 94,000 individual pieces of trash.
  • Every item of marine debris was sorted and recorded for the Australian Marine Debris Database and 14 large silo bags were diverted from landfill through recycling initiatives.
How to support the work of Clean Coast Collective:

Check out their online store to buy reusable and eco-friendly products.

You can apply to take part in the next clean up or event.

Spread the word - Follow and share Clean Coast Collective on their social networks.

  • December 2014

    Dreamstarter graduate

    Successfully raised $22,135 through Dreamstarter crowdfunding

  • July 2015

    The expedition

    Trash Tribe Expedition - biggest clean up to date, in Chilli Beach on the Cape York Peninsula. Over six days, they removed 3.1 tonnes of debris from just a 7km stretch of beach, consisting of over 94,000 individual items of trash.

  • September 2016

    Grant secured

    Received Dreamstarter Grant for Growth to develop marketing collateral for new products

  • October 2016

    News feature

    Thanks to ING Dreamstarter relationship Clean Coast Collective was featured on the Guardian

  • March 2017

    Spread the word

    Speaker at #Radlivin sponsored by ING Dreamstarter

  • July 2017

    New products

    Launching new shampoo bar, to avoid using harmful plastic bottles.

  • August 2017

    Second Trash Tribe expedition

    Second Trash Tribe expedition to Chilli Beach FNQ - removing 7,001 kgs of marine debris from a single 6.7km beach.

  • November 2017

    Partnership with Wanderlust Festival

    Zero waste partnership with Wanderlust Festival.

  • August 2017

    Partnership with the Jack Johnson Ohana Foundation

    The Jack Johnson Ohana Foundation partnered with Clean Coast Collective to match any donations made during Nov / Dec '17.