Get Ready to be Green and Keep the Waters Blue

Calling All Sailors, Boat Owners, Venues and Event Organisers

Here are a few tips you can follow to make a difference.

Tip #1
Waste Management

The basics to get started is know if your club or venue has a strong recycling system.
What does your own recycle company collect?
Can you reuse instead?
Are the bins clearly labelled in your house and club?
Can you help your club?

Tip #2
Find a bottle you love

Having a bottle you love to use on and off the water is the first step to making a MASSIVE difference.
Reusable plastic is ok. Aluminium lightweight.
Steel is the best.
Buy what suits you best and keep your faithful friend by your side.

 

Tip # 3
Be responsible for your own trail. 

Only leave footprints.
An Taisce have a full programme of training and advice to help us all "Leave No Trace".
We can start by bringing our litter home and disposing of it correctly.
Find out more about the full programme here. http://www.leavenotraceireland.org/

Tip # 4
Know what you are buying

What are Micro Plastics? Where do they come from?
🛁 They might be the microbeads in your toothpaste or body scrub.
👕 Synthetic clothing breaks down in your washing.
🔫 Plastics floating in the ocean DO NOT biodegrade, but break into smaller and smaller pieces.
What you do?

 

Tip # 5
Community

Join your local Clean Coast group or set one up

Take a browse through http://cleancoasts.org/

Tip # 6
ANTI FOUL

Choose  your ANTI FOUL wisely and help protect our seas and waterways

 

Tip # 7
Clean Products

There are many new products on the market for cleaning that have a minimum impact on the environment.
Ask your local chandlery.

Tip # 8
Your Engine

Servicing means you use less fuel and less likely to have spillage ... makes good sense for your pocket and the environment.

 

Tip # 9
Spillage

We all spill now and then.
Spill kits, responsible cleaning fluids, plan for disposal of waste clean up are all ways we can help to reduce our impact and keep our waters clean.
Having the correct gear ready to clean up takes the mess and stress away.

 

Tip # 10
Keep it clean

If you like to snorkle then a holding tank is always a good idea ;)
Many marinas insist on one, particularly lakes.
We encourage all boats to use their hold tank and avail of the empty services of your local marina.