October 4th, 2010, posted by Shore Crew Tags: Campaigns, Plastics, Sailing, Waste

We heard some great news recently, showing once again that the message of plastic pollution is getting out there. The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA), who are the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the United States, have implemented an initiative to curb the 25,000 plastic bottle used each season for ISCA regattas. Find out more below….

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“The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Board of Directors has announced an initiative to eliminate single-use plastic bottles from all ICSA regattas in an effort to reduce plastic waste from the landfills, the oceans, and the environment in general.

Working with Sailors for the Sea, a non-profit organization composed of sailors that educates and empowers the boating community to protect and restore the oceans and coastal waters, the ICSA hopes to reduce and perhaps eliminate entirely the approximately 25,000 single-use bottles purchased each season for ICSA regattas.

Several facts have contributed to this decision. Single-use plastic bottles of water cost up to 10,000 times the cost of tap water. Bottled water does not undergo the quality testing that tap water does. Seventeen million barrels of oil are used in the production of water bottles yearly. The bottles take thousands of years to degrade and contribute to litter problems onshore and offshore. Only 1 in 5 water bottles are recycled; the other 4 contribute to 3 billion pounds of waste.”

Our partner Klean Kanteen is also involved in this intiative, find out more here.

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