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 on two ways to improve the health of our oceans and coastlines. The first is through their annual Trash Tribe Expedition, where a small group of likeminded people spend a week removing tonnes of debris from an isolated part of the coastline. The second is by selling alternatives to disposable plastic products stock such as luxurious gold reusable straws, cups, bottles, produce bags, toothbrushes, and newly launched shampoo bars that are handmade in Byron Bay area with natural and organic ingredients. With the support of Dreamstarter, they were able to turn a clean dream into a reality.
"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.