Friday, April 22, 2011
Plastic Pollution - It's a Problem
One small but significant step to reducing the sailing footprint started at the college level. Since most plastic bottles are only used once and thrown away, the ICSA ( Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association ) has implemented an initiative to curb the 25,000+ plastic bottles that are used each season for ISCA regattas. The main reason they have implemented the use is to reduce plastic waste from the landfills, oceans, and the environment in general. Another reason is cost, the cost of single-use plastic bottles of water is up to 10,000 times the cost of tap water. Most University sailing teams are in a constant battle for funding and any money saved makes a huge difference. In addition, bottled water does not undergo the same quality testing that tap water does, making tap water safer to drink.
The ICSA's environmental initiative now requires regatta hosts to provide clean water sources to refill reusable water bottles. Kleen Kanteen along with Sailors for the Sea are helping sailors comply by the new rules by providing brandable, stainless steel bottles at discounted rates. More about the Kleen Kanteen's: http://www.kleankanteen.com/news/pr_collegesailing.php
Below is a short video of the Plastiki mission and expedition leader, David De Rothschild:
Discover more about the Plastiki's route here: http://bit.ly/waterbottleplastic