POSTED BY Coline on 24/07/2019
7 STEPS TO A SUSTAINABLE SUMMER
As an active player in the yachting community, we must strive to do our utmost to preserve our oceans, our ports and our planet. Here are a few tips to take on-board so you can do your bit for the big blue this summer, and for future summers to come!
1. SKIP PLASTIC STRAW, SAVE TURTLES!
Think about these little animals! Ask for an ecological or environmentally friendly alternative.
2. SWAP YOUR SUNSCREEN
If you’re spending significant time in the sun, then sunscreen is key to protecting your health. But many sunscreens contain oxybenzone and octinoxate, chemicals that contribute to the “rapid and complete bleaching of hard corals, even at low concentrations,” according to a 2008 study published in Environmental Health Perspectives.
When reaching for sunscreen this summer, opt for something that protects both you and the environment.
Hawaii has, moreover, banned the sale of sunscreen containing these chemicals in May to protect its reefs, which tourists frequently visit. In Hanauma Bay alone, an estimated 412 pounds of sunscreen was found on reefs in 2015.
Some reef safe: Stream2Sea, Suntribe Sunscreen & Coola
Here’s a full list of reef-safe sunscreen : https://www.hawaii.com/blog/reef-safe-sunscreen/
3. DON'T THROW ANYTHING OVERBOARD
Nothing should be thrown overboard and all rubbish should go into a trash bag immediately to avoid it blowing into the sea. If you bring floaties, make sure they don't drift off and get lost at sea.
Our oceans welcome us and allow us to live beautiful experiences at sea, respecting them, we allow them to remain clean, healthy and appreciable for all
For example, But the container of our water bottle is just as important, we can regulate our consumption of plastic thanks to water bottles or glass bottles like those of the brand Voss.
4. CARRY AND REFILL YOUR WATER BOTTLE
Don't throw out your plastic water bottles, refill them! If you carry a reusable one, most places will be happy to refill it for you. We all know that drinking our recommended intake of 8 glasses of water a day is important, but the container of our water bottle is just as important, we can regulate our consumption of plastic thanks to water bottles or glass bottles like those of the brand Voss
5. RECYCLE YOUR FLOATIES
Whether you've been floating on a flamingo, a slice of pizza or riding a donut for the week, leave them on-board to the sailors to be used, rather than throwing them away.
6. GO MEATLESS SOMETIMES
Summer is the perfect time to host a barbeque — and vegetables like asparagus, zucchini, and mushroom are great on the grill.
The mass quantity of livestock the world raises to satiate its taste for meat accounts for about 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Beef in particular takes a major toll on the environment. A whopping 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce just 1 pound of beef. Eating one fewer burger a week for a year has the same effect as taking a car off the road for 320 miles, according to the Earth Day Network.
Instead of throwing a burger on the grill, check out some meatless substitutes or swap that patty out for a Portobello mushroom.
7. SAVE WATER, STAY SALTY
If you absolutely have to shower after your sea-swim, try to shower with several.
Did you know that an average shower lasts 8.2 minutes and uses 65L of water? Especially if you rinse a little too often when coming out of the sea
You play a critical role in our sustainable story. Help us protect our oceans and preserve the places we fall in love with.