Sector must ‘clean up’ its act
If the marine sector was inspected by the education watchdog Ofsted for its use of environmentally-friendly cleaning products it would be given the lowest grade possible, ‘inadequate’, says Ecoworks Marine MD, Scott Johnson.
“While many yacht and boat owners say they use eco-friendly, sustainable cleaning products, I estimate only around one per cent use products that meet our stringent criteria," he says. "In the superyacht market the figure is slightly higher, but marinas and vessel owners have a long way to go before we can even begin to reach Oftsed’s next grade which is ‘requires improvement’.”
Scott says many ‘sustainable’ cleaning products are diluted by manufacturers to satisfy biodegradability guidelines, causing users to lose trust in environmentally-friendly alternatives: “We use natural ingredients in all 14 of our ‘preserve the living seas’ products and from the outset our most important criteria is to select only eco-friendly ingredients, in terms of their hazard profile and aquatic toxicity.”
Ecoworks replaces undesirable ingredients with eco-solvents, plant and fermentation extracts, naturally derived sustainable surfactants (soaps) and naturally occurring non-hazardous bacteria and enzymes.
This ensures its cleaning products perform extremely well, they are less hazardous to the equipment, the environment and end user and they remain competitively-priced.
The range is particularly popular with distributors around the Mediterranean who are keen to supply products with ‘ultimate’ biodegradability credentials.
Scott continues: “Tourism is a big industry here and in a bid to reduce the pollutant impact on our oceans, countries such as Croatia, Montenegro and Turkey are now starting to implement the MARPOL Annex 5 1.75 regulations, prohibiting the use of boat washing products that fail to comply with strict guidelines.”
Ecoworks is the official supplier to the 52 Super Series which starts in May and its products are being used by Dee Caffari, skipper of Turn The Tide On Plastic in the Volvo Ocean Race.
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