Liveaboard Specialists blue o two to Ban Single-Use Plastic on All Boats
Premier liveaboard operator blue o two has committed to removing all single-use plastic products from its vessels by the end of 2019, just a few days after announcing that it had already banned plastic straws from their dive boats.
Although some might question the length of the timescale, removing single-use plastics is a huge logistical challenge, especially in areas where the general awareness of plastic pollution – especially that caused by plastic bags, straws, food and beverage containers and cutlery – has yet to be recognised as the global threat that it is known to be.
A statement on its website reads:
We are very pleased to announce that our fleet vessels are aiming to be completely single-use plastic-free by the end of 2019!
It is thought plastics in the ocean kill upwards of a million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals each year. These figures are sadly rising and disturbingly, the numbers do not count the much larger number of animals which are simply not found after death. We believe that we can achieve our goal due to the leverage of relationships within our alliance of global brands - blue o two, Master Liveaboards, Siren Fleet and The Junk. The alliance will be working with local suppliers, NGOs and government organisations, among many others.
The initiative is part of our expanding environmental policy and is an enormous project as it accounts for water bottles through to cleaning products. The banning of straws recently, across all the fleet vessels, was only the first tiny step in this process. We will continue to update customers on our successes and challenges and with the alliance, we hope to lead the way in the diving liveaboard industry in driving down single-use plastics.
Within the last year, thanks to huge campaigns to address the problem of plastic pollution from organisations such as the UK's Marine Conservation Society, Sky;s Ocean Rescue, the BBC's Blue Planet II documentary series, and even the children of Ullapool Primary School behind the #NaeStrawAtAw hashtag, the commitment to abandon single-use plastics is growing exponentially. Campaigners in Sharm El Sheikh are also reporting success with their 'Straw Free Sharm' campaign.