M/Y AWOL signs Clear Ocean Pact
With an increasing global movement towards protecting our world and seas, many superyachts are looking at ways to make their own positive impact for change. IYC is extremely proud that M/YAWOL is one of the first superyachts to sign up to the new Clear Ocean Pact. The Clean Ocean Pact has one simple objective: to reduce single use plastics within the yachting industry, with the goal of 1000 yachts joining the movement by 2020. So far 28 yachts, including M/Y AWOL have committed their support for this inspiring initiative.
The AWOL crew, spearheaded by Chief Stewardess Giverny Jade, have already made several positive changes on board the yacht, with many more planned. These include replacing mini Evian water bottles with reusable stainless steel bottles that are gifted to each guest. The use of 100% cotton kikois over towels is encouraged, to help avoid the washing of materials with microplastics, with the kikois also requiring less tumble drying time. All on-board toiletries for both guests and crew are now eco-friendly; reusable plastics (RPET and HDPE) are being used; and on board cleaners have been swapped for eco-friendly alternatives for cleaning inside and out, including Eco-Wash, an organic plant-based ecolabel detergent for use on AWOL’s decks, alongside an organic teak cleaner and steel polish.
M/YAWOL is continuing to evaluate its processes to keep reducing its use of plastics, with the entire crew committed to making a difference. “All these small changes add up to big change and we hope to encourage other yachts to follow our lead,” says Giverny. “We think this is a great initiative for the whole yachting industry.”
The Clear Ocean Pact is made up of five key facets:
1. To avoid any use of plastic bottled drinking water onboard.
2. To filter and safely dispose of all washing machine microplastic waste.
3. To eliminate the use of all single-use plastic items with readily available alternatives, starting with the items due to be banned by the EU in 2021. (Plastic cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws, drink-stirrers and balloon sticks)
4. To reduce the use of single-use plastic toiletries onboard.
5. To actively source provisions with low single-use plastic footprint packaging.
The Clear Ocean Pact is committed to working with yachts to find viable alternatives that suit each individual yacht and make changes that work for them. With the average superyacht consuming up to 19,000 single use plastic bottles a year, even one yacht committing to the Pact can have a hugely positive effect. “We understand how far reaching the superyacht industry can be,” says the Clear Ocean Pact. “We believe a single pledge to the Clear Ocean Pact can provoke powerful change to the attitude and concept of single-use plastic use and waste influencing hundreds of like-minded people.”
To learn more visit www.clearoceanpact.org
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