New initiative to end superyacht industry’s single-use plastic launches

Written by Vivian Hendriksz

In order to help battle against the increasing plastic waste issue plaguing our oceans, a new, non-profit initiative named Clear Ocean Pact has launched. Driven by a single mission of uniting the superyacht industry to reduce its dependency on single-use plastic consumption, Clear Ocean Pact aims to raise awareness surrounding microplastic pollution. Elena aerialBy 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans and with every 10,000 crew employed consuming an estimated 3.2 million plastic water bottle each year, this is the equivalent of 100 tonnes of single-use last waste. Clear Ocean Pact has created a 5P plan to raise awareness within the superyacht industry and inspire other industries to take on a similar approach to reducing single-use plastic consumption. The first P, Picture, seeks to raise awareness surrounding the plastic crisis within all yachting organisations so they can picture themselves as part of the solution. Plastic on beachThe second P, Plot, encourages all organisations to plot their current single plastic usage and highlight what can be changed. The third, Pledge, asks them to publicly pledge their commitments to specific single-use plastic reduction targets, starting with the Clear Ocean Pact initiative. The fourth, Plan, encourage leadership organisations in the yachting industry to make a plan and implement it. Lastly, Promote, sees the initiative sharing all best practices publicly, to promote successes and inspire others. Solutions offered by Clear Ocean Pact to reduce single-use plastic waste on board of superyachts include; avoiding using plastic bottled drinks on board, using a filter to safely dispose of all washing machine microplastic waste, eliminating the use of all single-use plastic items with sustainable alternatives and cutting down on the use of single-use plastic toiletries on board.Clear Ocean PactPhoto: Clean Ocean Pact By taking a united approach Clear Ocean Pact seeks to align the yachting industry’s efforts behind one common set of pledges and change the mindset towards sharing information when it comes to viable alternatives and solutions to reduce the dependency of single-use plastic. To date, four superyachts have pledged to the Clear Ocean Pact, with the goal of getting 1,000 superyachts to pledge to the initiative by 2020.



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