British Marine’s environmental pledge

Southampton Boat Show British Marine is banning single-use plastic from Southampton Boat Show. Credit: British Marine
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British Marine has announced a three-year plan to minimise the environmental impact of Southampton Boat Show.

The pledge involves raising awareness of the plight of the world’s oceans among the show's thousands of visitors and exhibitors.

Working with the Marine Conservation Society, BM will move away from single-use plastics, serve only sustainable fish and continue to recycle waste wherever possible. Environmentally responsible behaviour will be encouraged and by 2020 BM says it aims to have individual engagement and signed commitment to marine conservation from of all exhibitors and contractors through its exhibitor and contractor environment charter.

“As an industry which lives for being on the water, we see first-hand the effects humanity is having on our seas, rivers and inland waterways. It is important to no one more so that this wonderful and unique resource which we rely on is protected," said Greg Munford, acting BM president.

“As Britain’s biggest festival of boating, attracting an international audience of more than 106,000 visitors and 500 marine businesses, Southampton Boat Show provides an ideal platform to drive change and get sailing enthusiasts and boatbuilders alike to take notice.”

Year one of the pledge will see the company enforce no plastic - including polystyrene, straws, cutlery, plates, stirrers or food or drinks containers at its onsite catering outlets. Where possible, an alternative to plastic bottles will be used and an emphasis will be placed on investigating future substitutes, particularly in the sale of water.

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