How To Be More Eco On Your Sailing Holiday
Here at Seamaster we’re as horrifed about the state of our oceans as the next person so we thought we'd compile a few tips on how you can be more eco on your sailing holiday.
Green Your Sunscreen
Many people are unaware (including us, until recently) that the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate, found in most sunscreens, can be toxic to marine life. The Western Pacific nation of Palau has actually banned many sunscreens in a bid to protect its fragile coral reefs, with Key West in Florida seeking to follow suit. So if you’re planning some dips in the sea from the back of your yacht, check the ingredients in your sunscreen first. Look out for brands such as Aethic and Organii, which although on the pricey side are much safer for our oceans and with less chemicals, must be better for your skin too.
Buy Locally Produced Foods
Rather than shopping for familiar products that have travelled hundreds of miles, cut down on your food miles by buying locally-produced goods. This will not only reduce the environmental impact of your food, but will also help to protect local farmlands and wildlife, while supporting the local workforce too! For the best produce and lowest footprint, visit local markets which generally offer fresher, tastier produce and also give you a chance to sample foods not found at home.
Take Re-Usable Shopping Bags With You
With the issue of plastic in our oceans barely out of the news, it’s crucial we all do our bit. If you’re looking for simple ways to make a difference then pack some re-usable shopping bags for your holiday. Not only does this cut down on plastic waste, it’ll save you some money too.
Drink Locally Produced Beer and Wine
Many local breweries and vineyards are owned by independent artisans who are committed to sustainability. They often take advantage of alternative energy sources and sustainable ingredients from local or organic suppliers. Sampling drinks from these local suppliers on holiday gives you access to a whole new world of flavour whilst doing your bit for the environment.
Take reusable water bottles
Sir David Attenborough and Blue Planet gave us all a wake-up call with the images of plastic bobbing away in our seas in unison with marine life. Instead of contributing to this, take along some reusable water bottles on your sailing holiday. As well as cutting down on plastic waste, it’ll save you money as well (always a bonus in our book!).
Also, if you’re strolling along the beach and see some discarded plastic, please put it in the nearest bin. If we all do a little, it can make a big difference. #plasticpollutes