British Marine and The Green Blue are raising the sustainability bar even higher at this year’s Southampton International Boat Show, minimising the shows environmental impact whilst also asking the marine industry and visitors alike to contribute.
Environmental best practice guidance and signage will be visible throughout the show including within the new zones. These will provide advice and resources in a bid to encourage everyone on the water to engage in a more sustainable lifestyle. New zones at this year’s show are tailored to Watersports, Dinghy, Classic & Day Boat and On The Water activities.
“This is our third year of a five-year sustainability pledge, and if we all make just one small change, together we’ll make one big difference. The ocean is our playground, and we need to take care of it and protect it now and for future generations to enjoy,” says British Marine’s CEO Lesley Robinson.
All exhibitors are required to follow the Southampton International Boat Show’s sustainability pledge including new environmental requirements to follow on their stand and at their events. Single use plastic bottles and plastic straws have been replaced with recyclable or reusable glasses, plates and cutlery on all stands, along with only sustainable and recyclable promotional materials being given away. Exhibitors also have a nominated person on their stand to oversee their waste management and recycling at the show.
Additionally, British Marine has a voluntary environmental charter and an Exhibitor Environmental Award. Exhibitors are encouraged to sign up to this charter and its additional environmental sustainability provisions in addition to the mandatory obligations. Those exhibitors that have signed up to this charter in the show will be denoted by a plaque, indicating that they have committed to those additional requirements and support the sustainable future of the marine sector.
The Southampton International Boat Show Exhibitor Environmental Award will be running again at this years’ show following its successful inaugural year in 2019 when it was jointly won by RS Sailing and Spirit Yachts. The award is given to the exhibitor whose stand and operations at the show contribute the most towards sustainability; by making their stand reusable, by sharing ideas and resources to others or by implementing a green exhibit strategy. The award is open to all exhibitors and this year the winner will be presented by The Green Blue patron Mike Golding on Press & Preview Day, Friday 10th September.
This year’s show will also see an increased presence from The Green Blue and its environmental partners who will be running a series of presentations and events on resources for consumers and the marine industry throughout the show. Take a look at the website for further details.
The Southampton International Boat Show will be a ‘bring your own bottle’ event again this year. Visitors are encouraged to use the water refill points onsite and not to bring any single use plastic with them, and there will not be any single use plastic products for sale. The show aims to beat the amount of recycled waste generated in 2019, which was over 7 tons.
The Show organisers are encouraging visitors and exhibitors to use public transport, bicycles, or electric scooters where possible and the entry e-tickets are environmentally friendly.
If you’re visiting this year’s Show don’t forget to visit The Green Blue stand (J117 – Ocean Hall) where you’ll be able to meet The Green Blue team and find information and advice on sustainable boating, such as boating around wildlife, oil and fuel use, antifouling and invasive species prevention. Discover sustainable marine products from The Green Blue’s Business Directory, many of which will be on display including ropes and sportwear made from recycled plastic waste, eco-friendly cleaning products and bilge filters to extract oil when pumping out. And you’ll also be able to get hands-on by mimicking the reseeding of seagrass on our seabed by making your own meadow ‘seed bomb’ to take home and grow in the garden! This educational activity is being run as part of the LIFE ReMEDIES Project aiming to restore and conserve seagrass in UK waters.
The Green Blue will also be presenting on the Foredeck Stage throughout the event:
10 Sept. 11.30am – 12.30pm Exhibitor Sustainability Awards
13 Sept. 1.30pm – 2.30pm Single-Use Plastic Accreditation with The Final Straw
15 Sept. 1pm – 2pm Launch of Clean Marina Standard with The Yacht Harbour Association
17 Sept. 11.30am – 12.30pm Environment Panel Discussion