We all know that it is a privilege to be able to sail at leisure and take time to enjoy the beautiful environment, landscape and wildlife. However, that comes at a price – it is also our responsibility to care for the sea and ensure that future generations can also enjoy it in the same way.
You can make some quick and easy lifestyles changes to do with the food you eat and how you dispose of waste whilst on a long-term sail – one of the easiest things you can do is to make an effort to eat locally and provision regularly! This cuts down on emissions, as the food is not transported long distances, and helps to support the people in the countries you choose to visit, as well as being fresh and tasty – a win-win!
In addition, you should decide areas on board the boat where you will be storing rubbish and recycling – make a conscious habit of sorting and disposing of your waste correctly, both when you are under sail and when you reach your destination. Plastic never disappears or biodegrades, it simply divides into smaller and smaller parts, eventually becoming so small they cannot be seen or removed from the ocean, causing animals to ingest them and become unwell.
Let's look after our waters.