We are all very aware that we need to adjust our sails and power towards sustainability in yachting. How can we as an industry reduce the impact yachting has, not only on our beloved oceans, but on the environment as a whole? We have picked out a few innovative companies who are making waves in the fight to tackle the damage already done and offer us all incredible products and the option to make better choices when it comes to shopping for our yachts.
We’ll tee off with Albus Golf, a Barcelona based company making it possible to enjoy golf on board without the worry of littering the ocean with pesky plastic golf balls. Ecobioballs are a clever alternative to the traditional plastic golf ball. They are 100% safe for the ocean and all marine life. Once they hit the ocean the outer layer biodegrades completely within 48 hours, releasing the fish food that makes up its core. Happy ocean and happy fish! The balls can be customised with your yacht logo and partner perfectly with Yacht Golf floating greens from FunAir.
When it comes to life on and in the ocean, sustainably focused company Rash’r have got you covered…. Literally. They create the boldest, brightest, and highest quality rash vests, branded uniform and technical wear in the business. These beauties are made from recycled plastic. Sustainably sourced polyester fiber from fishing nets, carpet and other post-consumer goods make up the Ocean Balance fabric, resulting in a fast drying and high performing technical fabric that is really comfortable. Rash’r offer unique designs that are fully customisable and colour screen printed. They can make almost any design work so don’t be restricted by your embroidery service, make the next crew uniform something really special.
Yacht toys are everything when it comes to wowing your charter guests and there are plenty that are environmentally friendly. We talked about some of them in our previous blog post so check out The Hottest Yacht Toys For the Mediterranean Charter Season 2019 for the lowdown.
Oceans Lovers (that’s what we all are, right?!) is a recent movement started by Sardinia based Nautica Assistance, yacht agents and suppliers. The passionate team at NA launched the project at the MYBA Charter Show in May of this year where they invited yacht captains and crew to pledge their support in keeping Sardinian waters, beaches and marine life safe from plastics, human damage and pollution. They are encouraging yachts to stop using plastic bottles, to choose eco friendly alternatives and source products locally wherever possible. They have a vast knowledge when it comes to suppliers and offer their clients environmentally friendly alternatives in their provisions department.
Getting your clean on? Again? Hepburn Bio Yacht Care specialise in interior and technical cleaning products, grey/black water line cleaning and maintenance and treatments for organic wastewater. All of their products are non-toxic, phosphate free and environmentally friendly. They hugely reduce the risk of damage to superyacht surfaces as well as your crew’s health! The absence of nasty chemicals and smells are a massive bonus when you’re cleaning the same rails for the 28th time in one day! Time to stock up on cleaning supplies.
There are so many ways to do our bit and get involved with ocean preservation. There are many crew members out there sharing their eco-friendly yachting ideas on social media, companies launching environmentally conscious products and yachts starting initiatives to raise our awareness. Every small change adds up to make a big difference, let’s make an effort to go green to save those beautiful blues 💙