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.
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.