“Every minute, one garbage truck worth of plastic is dumped into the ocean. Yearly, a colossal 1.4 billion tons of trash ends up in our beautiful oceans.”
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We are the lucky few who get to work in this amazing floating industry known as yachting. I therefore think we all have a duty of care towards our working environment, the world’s oceans and seas. If we want to enjoy this world for centuries to come, we’d better sharpen up our game and start caring.
There are small and easy steps that every yacht can take towards a more eco-friendly industry:
- Recycle the onboard trash and make sure they end up in the right bins ashore
- Do not throw any trash, or anything for that matter, into the sea. Apart from it being illegal (check those MARPOL regulations) it’s killing our maritime fauna and flora – I used to be on a boat with a few smokers and every time they would throw a cigarette butt in the sea I’d say “you’ve just killed another dolphin”. It took a while but they eventually stopped doing it.
- Next time you go shopping, get a bunch of re-usable bags. I cringe every time I see a neighbouring boat offload their shopping in 50 miniature plastic shopping bags.
- Try and get rid of bottled water onboard. Our crew all have their own drinking bottle after we installed a water filtration system onboard and those who like a little sparkle, can do it themselves by using the SodaStream provided. It’s harder to convince guests to go the same route, but the CYBA “Going Green to Save the Blue” Committee has been doing really well promoting plastic-free yachts and I hope that someday we’ll get there. Big Bonus on going plastic-free: you do not have to store dozens and hundreds of bottles of water anymore!
- When you have to change your lights on older yachts, consider moving the LED lightning, which will consume less energy.
- Avoid single-use plastic. We’ve just invested in some lovely stainless steel straws that can be used over and over again and some wheat based straws for those large events where you need lots of straws but want to avoid plastic. I also recommended investing in good quality re-usable barbecue gear for guests and crew. One of my favourites is Rosti Mepal – they’re produced in Europe and BPA-free. They have affordable ranges in different colours to match your set-up. Get a large re-usable plastic container, fill it with your barbecue gear, and you’ll be ready to hit the beach any day!
After those few starter points, you can get into the greener side of stewing by making sure all your crew and guest toiletries are eco-friendly and your cleaning products too!