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The PYA joins the CLEAR OCEAN PACT

25 April 2019

Clear Ocean Pact isa not-for-profit initiative, driven by a single mission, to reduce the dependency on single-use plastic in the superyacht industry for the long-term benefit of our atmosphere and oceans.


The PYA joins a growing community of superyacht owners, yachting organizations and businesses in encouraging their members to commit to five common goals in order to reduce their use of plastics. These goals are:


  1. To avoid any use of plastic bottled drinking water onboard.

  2. To filter and safely dispose of all washing machine microplastic waste. 

  3. To eliminate the use of all single-use plastic items with readily available alternatives, starting with the items due to be banned by the EU in 2021. (Plastic cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws, drink-stirrers and balloon sticks)

  4. To reduce the use of single-use plastic toiletries onboard.

  5. To actively source provisions with low single-use plastic footprint packaging.


COP also works to establish partnerships with yachting businesses, sustainable companies and non-profit organisations to share information about viable alternatives, and to inspire other industries to take a similar approach to their single-use plastic consumption.


The PYA is committed to promoting environmentalism and social responsibility in yachting.  Indeed, it first highlighted these important issues at its ‘Seachanges’ event in September during the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show.


We are delighted to support the initiative of the Clear Ocean Pact and will encourage our members to pledge their support to allow continued enjoyment of clean and protected oceans for years to come.


Launched in November 2018, Clear Ocean Pactis a not-for-profit initiative driven by a single mission to reduce the dependency on single-use plastic items in the superyacht industry for the long-term benefit of our oceans. It aims to raise awareness, explore innovative solutions to stop microplastic waste and provide viable alternatives to be used in yacht operations around the globe.


Visit http://www.clearoceanpact.org/ for queries, please contact Communications Manager Kailey Nolan at info@clearoceanpact.org

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