Protecting Our Planet
We hold the environment very dear. Not only because the ocean provides our livelihood, but because we genuinely care. Operating 16 liveaboards in 14 countries worldwide makes for some logistical challenges! As many of our boats are based in remote locations, such as Truk Lagoon or the Solomon Islands, both supplies and suppliers are very limited.
Despite this, we are determined to go the extra mile and do everything in our power to stop the production of unnecessary products. Likewise, we believe every single person should also challenge themselves to reduce their dependency on plastic. Together, this will have a huge effect in reducing the amount of plastic dumped in our seas.
We would like to take you on our journey and keep you posted about the challenges and successes we face whilst protecting our planet.
Start of Plastic Reducing Measures
Fleet-wide implementation of plastic-reduction measures started in 2018, with banning plastic straws and plastic water bottles from our entire fleet. We have been trailing new suppliers, resources and methods, to ensure that we fulfil our customers’ needs. This stage will take some time to perfect; however, we are confident that we are making positive steps in the right direction.
Our two main offices, in Thailand and the UK, boast environmentally friendly qualities. With energy saving measures in place, alongside recycling and carefully sourced environmentally friendly office resources. We are proud to work alongside our local communities. With both our offices situated near marine environments, we participate in beach and dive clean-ups. We believe in leading by example and urge our destinations and guests to join our efforts.
The Maldives and Red Sea
We started our environmental pledge last year and banned all single-use plastic bottles on our Red Sea fleet and significantly reduced our usage in the Maldives. As a practical alternative, we have started selling aluminium drinking bottles on board. Due to the remote locations of many of our destinations, we have found difficulty with responsible recycling and disposing of waste. Looking for alternative methods, we have partnered with Parley for the Oceans Project (OCP), an organisation which advocates responsible disposable. OCP collection points have been set up, which will allow some of our destinations to start recycling. We aim to have this system in place within the next 6 months.
The government of Palau has signed a law which restricts the sale and use of sunscreen and skincare products containing a list of ten different chemicals. Researchers believe that these ingredients are highly toxic to marine life and can make coral more susceptible to bleaching. The ban is set to come into force by 2020. We have embraced this law and taken the opportunity to provide reef-friendly sunscreen options, whilst also working with a young Palauan entrepreneur. We are proud to be offering this homemade, organic sunscreen alternative on board S/Y Palau Siren.
The Solomon Islands is one of our most remote destinations. This has made making sustainable changes here difficult. However, we have made some encouraging progress. Our first step was to look at how we were purchasing goods, both locally and internationally. By buying in bulk we are reducing our overall packaging. Next, we have provided our suppliers with reusable tubs to deliver our goods and eliminate the use of plastic bags. Moreover, we have sourced new suppliers who produce products without packaging. Our final step was to look at our own storage solutions, using reusable containers to ensure better and fresher storage.
After the recent ban on single-use plastic bottles from the authorities at Tubbataha Marine Park, we no longer serve single-use plastic water bottles on board S/Y Philippine Siren. Instead, we have locally produced tumblers made from bamboo and stainless steel which are available to purchase on board if required. Embossed with our branding, the profits go straight to a local charity who protect and preserve dolphins and whales in the Philippines. We invite you to become part of the solution in fighting the growing plastic problem, by bringing your own personal water bottle for your holiday.