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Opt to prepare your own meals from fresh ingredients rather than pre-prepared, packaged options. You will also find you save money too. It's easy, once you develop break supermarket food habit.
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Less Paper -You have been most likely offered electronic statements and accounts by your bank, insurance company, suppliers etc – opt for it! Choosing web-based billing over traditional paper is very convenient with easy access to online archive as long anywhere with internet access. Not only does it greatly reduce the amount of paper used unnecessarily but you then also don’t need a land based person overseeing all that snail mail when you're away sailing.
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Beer - If you're beer drinkers, cans are the better option. They weigh less and can be crushed down for storage after being enjoyed. A number of long term cruisers we know have home brew kits on board and successfully make their own tipple. Once again this produces far less waste and is a significant cost saving.
Wine - Wine in a bag casks provide the most space and weight efficient method on board. It is also the most economic. If you're like us and like a bubbly or two at sundowners and choose to carry bottles they are best stored as low as possible in the boat due to their weight. We slip the bottles into the cut off arms and legs of baby romper suits we got from a charity shop to prevent rattling and breakage when stored. The empties are re-wrapped and put back from whence they came until we can dispose of them ashore in a recycling bin where possible.
Here is a list of other practical things you can do to recycle effectively:
- When recycling plastic bottles, make sure they are empty and remove lids
- Ensure that paper and cardboard is not spoiled with food, metals, glass or plastics before you recycle
- Recycle your newspapers
- Buy products that have minimal packaging
- Buy products that have recycled material in their packaging
- Buy recycled products such as toilet paper and printing paper
Separate your unavoidable waste and store what can be recycled separately to what can't. Then look for places to responsibly dispose of both.
Composting On a boat there is little room for composting. Making up a bottle that you put scraps into with water does produce a high nutrient water for feeding herbs. However all of your food leftovers and other organic materials can be shredded and disposed of into airtight bottles and containers for disposal once ashore.
Worn out clothing can be reused as rags on the boat instead of paper towel. This is a great money and environment saving. Shop in your local charity shop. We are amazed at the quality and bargain prices you can buy a new wardrobe.
is a material that has served its intended use and is being reused in a different product. “Post-consumer” also indicates that the material is not from the manufacturing process, but from a finished product that has already been used.
can be collected and remanufactured into new products after they’ve been used. These products do not necessarily contain recycled materials and only benefit the environment if people recycle them after use. You can also take this one step further and think about what products recycle better than others. For example, glass is an easy material to recycle that doesn’t downgrade. If you can, choose glass over plastic (which downgrades once recycled).
- Avoid bottled water.
- Avoid individually wrapped items. Beware of double-packaging.
- Remove and recycle all excess packaging prior to going on board.
- Avoid single-use items and opt for reusable or refillable containers where possible.
- Wash and dry bottles and put back where they were originally stored until they can be responsibly disposed of. Our Motto If you can take it with you ..... you can bring it back
- Re-use food bottles for storing of preserved foods.
- Squash cans before storing for disposal or reuse for baking tins if suitable
- Purchase concentrate forms and buy in bulk
- Reduce Paper products.
- Use reusable shopping bags.