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Back in February we published an article about Marja Kok, a yacht captain who has dedicated her time and energy to convincing her fellow professional crew on superyachts that they can find better ways of providing drinking water onboard without the use of plastic bottles. After conducting a very comprehensive survey which established usage habits, and most importantly, indicated a clear willingness to change for the better, Marja set about providing an online reference source to support the continuation of her project.
Apart from sharing the results of the survey, the website entitled ‘WaterWithoutWaste.org’ is designed to share successful initiatives, and to continuously build and share information about practical alternatives to the consumption of drinking water from single use plastic bottles.
For instance, the site features a ‘Wall of Care’ slide show, with photos of ‘yachts that care for our oceans.’ These are all vessels that have provided evidence of the fact that they have permanently given up the use of drinking water in plastic bottles onboard.
A key point in Marja’s survey was about the willingness of superyachts to actually consider changing their habits. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive, with over 96% of 132 yachts that responded answering YES to the following question:
Considering the amount of waste and pollution caused by plastic all over the world, the storage space used by plastic bottles on board, the time it takes for shopping and getting rid of the waste of bottles, are you willing to seriously consider the replacement of plastic bottled water by an environmental friendly, healthy, less space consuming and more cost-efficient type of drinking water?
In all 132 yachts responded to the survey which, according to Marja, is a representative view of the world fleet. The breakdown by type was as follows:
Motor yachts - private: 45,45%, 60 yachts
Motor yachts - charter: 12,12%, 16 yachts
Sailing yachts - private: 34,09%, 45 yachts
Sailing yachts - charter: 8,33%, 11 yachts
Another conclusive statistic which came across strongly in the survey responses was related to how drinking water is mostly consumed currently onboard superyachts. This indicates a kind of habit forming pattern which has not, so far, been questioned very much!
109 yachts, almost 82% of the total respondents, said that owners and guests onboard drink mainly bottled water! Whilst they indicated that less crew (around 58%) are drinking from single use bottles. This seems to be in contrast to over 48% of yachts (64) saying that they have a water treatment / filtering system onboard for improving the quality of drinking water. However, answers to another question in the survey revealed that owners and guests prefer bottled water for a number of reasons such as: Better taste, easier to cool in a fridge, it’s considered to be healthier, and some require it with gas (bubbles.)