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How to be responsible sailors with the environment

#SmartSailors, Nautal with the collaboration and experience of Mediterráneo Limpio we bring you some simple recommendations so that your adventure at sea is a sustainable and respectful journey with the environment. Let’s be responsible sailors! 


Did you know that … 

  • … 8 million tons of plastic is thrown into the sea every year? 
  • … 50% of the oxygen we breathe is produced in the ocean?
  • … in 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish? 

The 3 R’s rule

We know that managing waste on board a boat is not an easy task, so the “3 R’s” rule is very useful: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

REDUCE: Planning is key  

  • Minimize the rise on board of “future waste”. 
  • Maximize the use of reusable resources, especially those that are constantly used, such as dishes, cleaning utensils, etc.
  • Use large capacity bottled water, and refill reusable bottles.
  • Use the sea water to clean. This resource will always be there! It will prevent you from having to carry additional water on board for the washdown. 

REUSE: Reuse as much as you can on the boat

  • To be responsible sailors we must also be creative and give waste a second life. For example, cut a bottle, tie a rope and you will have a perfect bucket to collect crystal clear water from the sea. Recycle the rest.

RECYCLE: If we recycle at home, why not separate the waste on board?

  • Separate your waste according to local regulations and deposit it in the appropriate containers.

Responsibility for marine biodiversity

  • Respect the prohibited areas of anchorage. Posidonia is a marine garden that feeds thousands of species, purifies and oxygenates our seas and the air we breathe.
  • Maximize the use of renewable energy and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels.
  • Use biodegradable detergents.

Our Responsibility

  • Whenever possible, collect the waste you find. You can even participate in events like beach cleaning organised by local associations.
  • Speak up! With education, warn people about the risk of irresponsible attitudes in your environment.

The more we are responsible sailors, the more we will help our planet. You can read further tips about how to take care of the sea here.


Information sources: Mediterráneo LImpio experience in own journeys. EcoEmbes, recycling guide. Decalogue of ships responsible for the Valencian Community.

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