Looking to fully embrace a sustainable yachting lifestyle? Here are some eco initiatives and green yachting solutions that extend beyond electric propulsion and solar power for you to consider.
Ditch the Disposables
Single-use plastics are a large part of today’s throwaway culture. From bottles, bags, and straws, much of the plastic waste ends up in our oceans – nearly 8 million tonnes every year. By making a collective change, we can reduce plastic waste and help clean up the ocean. For fresh water on tap, a marine water maker which uses reverse-osmosis to turn seawater to clean drinkable water, is a must-have onboard any eco yacht. You can also opt for reusable water bottles, storage containers, multi-use shopping bags, and eco-friendly straws made from bamboo or metal. And whenever plastic can’t be avoided, as sometimes is the case, always recycle.
Don’t Throw it Overboard
Managing waste onboard can be a challenge, especially on long cruises, but it is important to be mindful that nothing should go overboard that doesn’t break down quickly in water. The ocean is not a dumping ground. Today, there are a number of sustainable yachting solutions to properly manage waste such as compactors, glass crushers and refrigerated food waste disposal systems such as the one on Sunreef 80 Nomad.
sustainable yachting and Smart Energy Conservation
Sunreef Yachts Eco yachts today are built to be sustainable but the impact can be greater with smart energy management. From ENERGY STAR certified appliances equipped with smart features, smart lighting, and smart thermostats that can monitor and adjust temperatures, there are a great number of options to select from. You can also take advantage of natural sunlight, especially with the large windows that are a distinguishing feature on the salon and cabins of all Sunreef Yacht models. These can be fitted with either energy-efficient manual or electric blinds designed to regulate the amount of light and heat entering the interiors.
Protect Your Skin and the Ocean
Toxic chemicals found in all types of personal care products, from shampoo and conditioner to body lotion and make-up can pose a large risk to marine life. Sunscreen, which contain oxybenzone and octinoxate, are proving to be the most harmful to our oceans. Contributing towards the rapid decline of reefs, these chemicals accumulate in coral tissue often causing irreversible damage, coral bleaching, and coral death. With some research, you can readily find brands that provide guilt-free sun protection, like People4Ocean which is offered onboard Sunreef 60 Eco E. Their suncare products are eco-consciously formulated without harmful chemicals and protect sensitive skin while preserving the natural ecosystem.