Worldwide Dive and Sail has announced plans to stop using single-use plastic across its global operations, including its liveaboard brands, Siren Fleet, Master Liveaboards, and the Junk. Beginning with a ban on plastic straws with immediate effect on all 15 boats of its worldwide fleet, the policy aims to have a complete ban in place by the end of 2019.
The company recently merged with blue o two, the largest dive tour operator in the UK, creating an even bigger player in the dive industry, so the move not only demonstrates the group’s dedication to a sustainable environment, but also sets a example for other companies to follow.
Read the full press release below.
The global alliance of Siren Fleet, Master Liveaboards, The Junk and blue o two is very pleased to announce that as part of their expanding environmental policy they are aiming to be completely single use plastic free by the end of 2019.
As divers in particular are aware plastics in the environment are incredibly difficult to manage and often end up in waterways and oceans. This is not only unsightly but it is thought that plastics in the ocean are killing upwards of a million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals each year. These figures are rising and do not count other marine animals or, disturbingly, the much larger number of animals that are simply not found after death.
Working together as part of the global alliance with Siren Fleet, The Junk “June Hong Chian Lee” and blue o two, Master Liveaboards will be working with local organisations in destinations, suppliers, NGOs, government organisations, and many others in order to reach our goal across all vessels, local offices, and head offices.
This is of course an enormous project and the banning of straws recently across all alliance vessels was only the first tiny step in this process. Updates on both our successes and challenges will be made regularly as the alliance moves forwards. As an alliance, we lead the way in the diving liveaboard industry to a cleaner environment for everyone.
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