What can yacht crew do to improve sustainability?

The superyacht industry isn’t the most environmentally friendly of industries and it often receives negative press when it comes to sustainability, from the endless single use plastic, the food miles consumed to the huge emissions.

Quite simply, it is an industry which relies on the health of our oceans and without them, cannot exist. In recent years, there has been an increase in environmental awareness and changing attitudes within the industry.

The process for change is happening in many ways but one is down to the power of the individual, individual yacht crew making changes to the daily operations of the yacht and taking responsibility for the yachts environmental footprint to provide long lasting benefits. So, what are the steps in which yacht crew can take to flip unsustainable practices onboard? Continue reading to find out!

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11 Sustainable Practices for River Cruises

River cruises are becoming increasingly popular, which creates many new opportunities as well as challenges along with it.

In Europe alone, 1.4 million passengers took a river cruise in 2018, a number that’s rising annually. The kind of growth that we’ve seen from cruise tourism has placed a large burden on the marine environment. As a result, we have generally seen a rise in the trend of customers demanding for more responsible and sustainable tourism. To meet the increasing demand for sustainable cruising options, river cruise companies are starting to think about their environmental impact while finding ways on how to reduce it.

In this blog, you’ll find a list of 11 suggested practices that we’ve compiled to help make river cruising more sustainable!

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How to reduce your plastic consumption on your next holiday

While getting ready for a long awaited vacation, you know all the tricks for packing light and smart - but what about packing zero waste? Tourism is one of the biggest industries in the world and it has a significant impact on our environment. By making small changes while traveling, you can help cut down your plastic waste footprint and make your tourist behavior more sustainable. Continue reading this article for some useful tips and tricks!

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Scuba Projects: Bringing Ocean Conservation Awareness to Local Communities

Have you heard of the #trashtag challenge? Around the world locals and tourists have come together to clean up parks, rivers and beaches, giving them new life.

This week, we’ll be featuring Scuba Projects, an initiative to spread awareness about ocean conservation while engaging the local community to lead the charge towards stopping plastic pollution by taking part in cleanups! If you haven’t already, check out their viral cleanup video here, which was one of many cleanups that they hosted across the country of Vietnam.

Keep reading to hear more about how Scuba Projects was founded, what their reception has been like so far and their future ambitions and projects!

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6 Companies That Converted Ocean Pollution into Innovative Products

Did you know that almost every piece of plastic ever made is still on the planet in some form or another? Plastic production globally is expected to be more than 3 hundred million tons. By 2050, when the population explodes to almost 10 billion people, it’s expected that plastic production will triple. The problem with that is that today, only a fraction of the plastic we produce is recycled.

In this week’s blog, we’ll take a look at 6 different brands that are incorporating marine plastics into their practices and retail products. We hope that this will inspire more brands to use ocean plastic in the creation of their products!

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Metamorfosa: Building a community for ocean sustainability

In this week’s blog we’ll be showcasing an upcoming documentary series by Gemtrack Travel called Positive Pioneers, and in particular Metamorfosa: an episode highlighting a village in Indonesia that has come together to restore its natural beauty including its surrounding waters and coral reefs.

The documentary shows the dedication that the community has committed to bringing their 5 km of local reefs back to life as well as the solution of building the relationships between all the levels of society to make projects like this replicable and successful in areas around the world!

Beautiful both visually and in its story, this documentary is awaiting its highly anticipated release at the end of this month, so take a look at this blog for a preview and stay tuned for its release! In the meantime also check out the documentary website here to learn more about this project and how you can support it!

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Women4Oceans: Bridging the Gap by Empowering Sustainability Heroes

This week Sea Going Green will dive into the topic of bridging the gap for women working towards ocean conservation by facilitating awareness about gender equality to encourage women to be a part of the solution, no matter what their educational background, ethnicity or socioeconomic status is.

For Farah of Women4Oceans, bridging the gap means empowering women to get a seat at the table allowing them to gain equal exposure and recognition for their efforts in ocean conservation.

Check out the rest of the blog to hear more about Farah’s motivation for starting Women4Oceans as well as projects and initiatives that they are doing to promote female visibility!

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What’s the ‘real’ cost of that lobster on your plate? Tips to avoid unsustainable seafood.

If you’re like me, you love seafood and probably won’t stop eating it anytime soon. But, do you really know where it comes from, and what kind of impact it has on the environment?

What if I told you that some of the lobster you eat could be causing irreversible damage to our ocean’s most threatened species? In this post you’ll find out some tips to avoid unsustainable seafood and how to use your wallet in a more environmentally conscious way.

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Recycled Plastic Islands: A New Concept of Urban Spaces?

Sea Going Green recently had the pleasure to interview Iris Overeem from the Recycled Island Foundation, a non-profit based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands to discuss their efforts to solve the issue of plastic pollution!

Their “plastic traps” catch floating plastic and upcycle it to close the loop by making it into a floating island structure, which can also function as an urban space for biodiversity and also city dwellers!

Check out this week’s blog to find out more about what inspired this project, how it works and its ambitions to become a new urban solution!

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Impact Travel Alliance: A community where all tourism is sustainable

Imagine one day when you think of tourism, the first thing that comes to your mind is leaving behind a positive impact on the local community and environment when you leave. This is a world that we dream of, which is why Sea Going Green is thrilled to announce our partnership with the Impact Travel Alliance, which has built a community of passionate travelers and sustainability enthusiasts, who believe that all tourism should be sustainable!

Check out this week’s blog to hear more about the mission of the Impact Travel Alliance from founder, Kelley Louise! You can also read more about the efforts the non-profit is doing to make a difference and how you can join their chapter events, now being held in 20 cities worldwide!

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The Future of Underwater Technology: Interview with Joost Den Haan from PlanBlue

Sea Going Green is excited to announce its partnership with PlanBlue! Their smart technology can automatically analyze seafoors. It can for example visualize the health status of the seafloor making it easily understandable to policy makers, the general public, but also coastal managers. We at Sea Going Green can’t wait to start working together with PlanBlue on future projects to help the marine tourism industry to #GoGreenForTheBigBlue!

In this week’s blog, you’ll hear more about how the DiveRay works and the ways that the data gathered from it can help solve the biggest problems facing our oceans. Take a look at the inspiring work PlanBlue has done by getting an inside look at the motivation and future of this technology in our interview with CEO, Joost Den Haan.

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Ropeless Fishing? Charting a new course to sustainable fishing

Ropeless Fishing.

Certainly, those two words don’t belong next to one another, right? Well, I’m glad you’re wrong.

Australia started it, Canada followed suite, New Zealand wanted a piece of the action, and now the United States is interested. Fishers in these countries (and more) have begun one of the most significant changes in the age-old fishing profession. Check out this week’s blog to learn more about why this change is so significant and how it can help revolutionize the fishing industry.

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Red Tide: A turning point for Florida's beaches

When you think of Florida, what comes to your mind?

Do you imagine white sandy beaches and clear green-blue water with dolphins and manatees glittering the coastline? Most of the time this is what locals and tourists can expect, but unfortunately a rare but recurring phenomenon called “Red Tide” has been leaving beaches and surrounding sea life devastated.

If you’ve been following Sea Going Green’s social media lately, you’ve probably seen some coverage from the beach cleanup we planned on New Years Eve at Clearwater Beach. While most of our focus on the cleanup had to do with raising awareness on the effects of plastic pollution, we couldn’t help but notice that the abundance of “Red Tide” was just as much of a concern for locals and attendees as pollution. Therefore, I’d like to shed some light on this issue as well as what can be done in the future to limit its effects on marine life and the tourism industry.

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An inside look: the EU and Sustainable Tourism

Sea Going Green goes to Brussels!

This week’s blog provides insight on efforts by the EU to move towards sustainability in the tourism sector. Sea Going Green is happy to note positive steps are being taken in the right direction by the EU and its partners with plenty of room to grow!


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Leading by Example- Barcelona’s Plan for Climate Change

Despite recent news from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change regarding the course we are on if we do not reduce CO₂ emissions, we can look towards certain examples of inspiration for how we can mitigate climate change and live sustainable lives that will change our course for the better.

This week, we’ll take a look at Barcelona and the plans that the city council has put in place to reduce negative impacts on the environment!

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The EU is making changes to #GoGreenForTheBigBlue!

The EU is making changes to #GoGreenForTheBigBlue!

Just this week lawmakers have approved measures that may lead to the ban of single-use plastics by 2021, which is great news for our oceans!

Check out this week’s blog for more information on how the EU Commission plans to finally toss away single-use plastics for good.

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World, we have a lot of work to do before 2030

World, we have a lot of work to do before 2030.

Earlier this week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change broke the sobering news that unless we can limit global warming to +1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2030, the prognosis for our environment is not bright. To achieve this feat (cutting CO2 emissions by ~45%), drastic measures will have to be taken by consumers, industries and government bodies. Come 2030, the state of our quality of life, ecosystems and economy will be reliant on our level of commitment to the sustainability of our planet right now.

In this week’s blog, we’ll take a look at the findings from this new report and the changes that we will have to make in order to reach the 2030 goal of limiting global warming to +1.5 degrees.

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Over-tourism has claimed another victim: Maya Beach

Over-tourism has claimed another victim: Maya Beach in Koh Phi Phi Leh, Thailand.

Following in the steps of Boracay Island in The Philippines, this beautiful destination known for its blue waters, white sand and limestone cliffs will be closed indefinitely while its biodiversity and ecosystems begin their process to recovery.

Take a look at this week’s blog to read about the impact that unsustainable tourism has had on the popular beach destination as well as lessons that we, as tourists, can take away from its closure to prepare ourselves for our next vacation.

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Teaming up with Oceanic Global: Inspiring Sustainable Tourism

Sea Going Green is excited to officially announce its partnership with the Oceanic Global Foundation! As part of our collaboration, we are proud to be ambassadors of their eco-certified sticker system, which we will be using to reward our partners and clients in the tourism and hospitality industries on their sustainable efforts.

Our collaborative new guide will focus on making marine and coastal hotspots more sustainable. The idea for our guide and new sticker system is to incentivize formative change within the tourism industry by providing solutions to environmental challenges. These include plastic pollution, socio-cultural integration, marine conservation, limiting carbon footprints in addition to many more.

Look out for The Oceanic Standard: Coastal Tourism Edition, which will be going live in the next few weeks! In the meantime, check out our interview with Oceanic Global’s founder, Lea d’Auriol.

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World Cleanup Day-Clean Seas and Happy Trees

What do you think is the biggest day of the year for our environment? (Well besides Earth Day of course) Did you guess World Cleanup Day? Then you are correct!

On September 15th every year, responsible citizens from over 150 countries come together and pitch in to clean up litter and waste that have seeped into our oceans, coastlines, rivers and covered our forests all around the world.

Read this week’s blog to see how the World Cleanup Day movement has taken shape in addition to what tips we have for you to get involved including the use of new technologies that you can use to track the impact of your own personal clean up!

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