As the winter charter season gears up, the Charter Yacht Brokers Association is once again organizing its Going Green to Save the Blue initiative, a collaborative effort to reduce the use of plastic water bottles on charter yachts throughout the world. The initiative hopes to make an impact on the amount of waste that yachts have on the smaller islands of the Bahamas and Caribbean in particular, where recycling is non-existent.
“We hope that with broadened awareness, more yachts will rely on their own reverse osmosis watermakers for drinking water, reducing the number of plastic bottles to be disposed into the landfills,” CYBA noted in a statement.
Almost 100 yachts participated last year. Now in its second year, CYBA will recognize all charter yachts making efforts to go green with the 2013 Save the Blue Award, given to all yachts that fill out a short survey and can answer “yes” to the first two criteria plus check off eight more criteria.
Yachts that qualify will be given a Going Green ribbon to display at Caribbean charter shows this winter, and the yachts scoring the highest on the survey will be awarded the “Most Eco-Friendly Yacht” award, one for power and one for sail in each show.
Winners will be announced at each of the three shows, on the last day of each, at the broker registration area.
To complete the survey, visit www.cyba.net/goinggreen.