10 Ways How To Be More Eco-Friendly On Deck
1. Wash your rags.
Rags can be washed and used
over and over again.
2. Use an eco friendly boat wash.
Read the ingredients you will find that most common boat soaps contain chemicals and acids that are not only harmful to the environment but also to paint work, GRP, Teak etc. Even the biggest named brands aren’t as eco as you think!
3. No plastic water bottles on deck.
Have refillable water bottles either from the boats water filtration system or from one larger recyclable water decanter.
4. Use an eco-friendly teak scrub.
Move away from the two part teak scrubbing, its what we call negative cleaning, the more you do it the worse the teak gets. You wouldn’t wash your body in acid so why your teak. Its damaging to the wood, opens the cracks up allows moisture in not forgetting how dreadful it is when it runs down you paint work and into the ocean.
5. Reuse fender covers.
Fenders covers can be reused for protection, modify them to protect life rings when put in storage. Or use them as a means of lifting small sat domes from rigs. Maybe just use them as drop clothes. Fender covers have potentially a long life.
6. Old rope.
You may not have a use for old rope but there are many people that do. Find a local sea school, charity vessel or second hand marine store to donate them to.
7. Eco-friendly rib cleaner.
Use Solvent free, rib cleaners, not only are they good for the environment but they also don’t damage the hypalon. Many rib cleaners will burn Hypalon and rubber materials on a rib due to solvents within them, leaving a tacky feel and attracting more dirt.
8. Stick to one brand and buy larger 5 Litre containers.
Products can be decanted into reusable bottles for convenience of everyday use. Buying smaller bottles means more plastic. Always make sure the products you are purchasing come in a recyclable container.
Stick to one brand and buy larger 5 Litre containers. Products can be decanted into reusable bottles for convenience of everyday use. Buying smaller bottles means more plastic. Always make sure the products you are purchasing come in a recyclable container.
9. When disposing of paint waste, do so appropriately.
Use closed containers, which can then be deposed of correctly in paint disposle bins at boatyards or waste management centres.
10. Report pollution to the local authorities.
Whether be on land or in the sea. It can’t be ignored!