As cruisers we spend our lives on the sea. We see the effects of irresponsible practices, such as fishing nets and lines cast off and left to drift, harmful plastics injuring animals or entering their food chain, oil and fuels left to spill and kill. As inhabitants and lovers of the oceans we have a duty to make responsible and sustainable decisions about our trash. Making us in effect the ocean's custodians. With that in mind we've put together a collection of blog posts that explain how fellow cruisers deal with rubbish onboard.
Topic Coordinator: Sarah, Blue Water Dreaming
According to Liesbet (It's Irie), disposing of trash responsibly in remote cruising grounds is a matter of careful sorting.
For Behan on s/v Totem dealing with garbage is a serious issue especially after seeing what should be idyllic beaches in Indonesia littered with rubbish.
Dan N Jaye from Life Afloat conducted an interesting test with plastic bags highlighting just how dangerous they are for marine animals.
Go grab a cuppa, Carolyn from The Boat Galley has done a whole series of posts about trash management
Devi aboard Arctic Tern is a bit obsessive about her trash and abides by one golden rule: No plastic in the sea!
Tiff and Greg of the Coast Guard Couple explain their often confronting decisions to throw garbage overboard
Stephanie from Rode Trip explains how she thinks of rubbish disposal as a matter of reduce, reuse, manage.
s/v Saben reminds us that we cannot police the rubbish disposal practices of others, and can only take responsibility for our own disposal decisions.
Harmony (Take to the Sea) presents a "photo-play" of "taking out the trash." Her point: to paint a realistic portrait of life aboard.
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