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Published on 05.01.2022

Environmental protection is important - join us!

Written by Christina Pitter-Fürbass
Environmental protection is important - join us!

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By cleaning the yachts we rely on environmentally friendly products. On our bases we try to avoid waste and to properly remove oil and lubricant residues as well as avoid to wash them into the sea. We also show a good example when it comes to the disposal of the rubbish on yachts, which is unfortunately often left in huge quantities  and always separate it commendable.

Together with our customers we would like to minimize the pollution of the oceans from ship waste and ask for active help to avoid waste. We have been actively involved in environmental protection for years and we support Living Ocean, the Austrian organization for marine and climate protection. With the "O More Mati" campaign which was launched by us in 2014, the beaches and bays of Croatia are cleaned of rubbish with the help of charter customers.

Here are a few small tips about on-board waste:

  • Saving waste when shopping by reducing packaging: Buy in bulk instead of many individually packaged items. Use environmentally friendly packaging!

  • Do without plastic bags: A plastic bag can last for about 10 to 20 years. When it decomposes, harmful microplastics are released. In addition, marine animals like to confuse it with food and swallow it. Many animals die from this!

  • Do not use disposable dishes, plastic cups or straws: Even it this means more work, wash your dishes with environmentally friendly detergents.

  • Sort on-board waste and dispose of it in the port in the correct recycling containers: Not everything should land in the big black bag! If there are no recycling containers at the stopover, store the old materials in the baking box.

  • Ensure that packaging is not blown overboard

  • Do not throw cigarette butts in the sea: A cigarette butt lasts up to 10 years, the released ingredients are poisonous and if swallowed they cause digestive problems or even death for animals. A carelessly thrown away cigarette pollutes 40 litres of water. Cigarette butts are the most common waste product worldwide!

More waste prevention tips and how sailors can help to protect our environment is available in our online brochure.

Pitter Yachtcharter also calls for rubbish collection campaigns on its social media channels Facebook and Instagram several times a year, which children in particular have a lot of fun with. Young and old are often amazed at what is washed ashore. Usually you can also find useful handicraft material such as leftover tiles, wooden parts and various other materials that can also be used for handicrafts. There will be more about this in a separate blog in the near future. Because children love to let their creativity run free with the washed-up materials. Not only children, because activity on board and spending time together is fun for everyone.

Pitter Yachtcharter is member of Green Sail and supports Living Ocean, the Austrian organisation for sea and climate protection. 

For the love of our sea!

Christina Pitter-Fürbass
Christina Pitter-Fürbass
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