Why no plastic?

Every year 800 million tons of  Plastic end up in our oceans, there is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also called plastic soup, floating trash islands and plastic covered beaches. Fish, turtles, birds and whales get killed or poisoned after feeding themselves with plastic. It is estimated that if human beings don’t change their way of life, in 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans and 12 billion tons of plastic ending up in landfills. Although these numbers will sound abstract, it is clear that the clock is ticking. Not only for nature, also for human beings. Micro plastic particles have been found already in plastic bottled water and take slowly but steady their position in our ecosystem including the human body.

Hopefully many people and especially yachtcrew, as frequent users of our global oceans, already consciously dispatch their garbage. However, with all our good intentions, unfortunately only 10 % of plastic is recycled, all the different kinds of plastics don’t make recycling an easy process. The majority of the plastics end up at landfills or end up in our natural earth and sea environment. Needless to say after seeing the Youtube video’s, it is a common interest to turn the tide on plastic. Also the nautical industry can do its share by implementation of waterfiltering solutions on board. This website aims to help you with that.

From the recent survey ‘Turn the tide on plastic, also on superyachts’, we got the following information:58 % of the crew on superyachts mainly drink plastic bottled water82 % of the owners/guests of superyachts mainly drink plastic bottled water

40 MILLION LITER OF WATER BOTTLES end up as landfill from superyachts in a year (this does not include yet the plastic trash of the rest of the nautical industry)

All of the superyachts have a kind of waterfiltering equipment on board (for cleaning purposes or to make salt water fresh), while only 48 % of the yachts have waterfiltering equipment on board dedicated to drinking water, which however is only partly used for drinking.

96 % of the respondents want to change their actual habits of drinking bottled water if there would be good alternatives.

About 0,5 % of the respondents answered that on their yachts only filtered water is drank on board, they banned the plastic bottled water completely.

Survey Turn the tide on plastic, also on superyachts: COMPLETE RESULTS

What are the steps to follow to get quality drinking water without waste on board of your yacht?

1. Complete the Survey Turn the tide on plastic (if you haven’t done so already) to define your starting point.

2. Go to page Action plan and follow the steps to get water without waste.

3. Do you want to do more? Reduce more (single use) plastic on board? Great! For sustainable and environmental friendly alternatives for other kinds of single use plastic, surf to More alternatives for plastic