Southampton International Boat Show is calling upon the yachting community to take part in a beach clean on Saturday 24th August, with the goal of helping to protect and support the coastal habitat and wildlife.
The clean, which will be powered by Borrow A Boat, is due to take place at Weston Shore in the build-up to Southampton International Boat Show, which starts next month. British Marine, show organiser, has partnered with Friends of Weston Shore, Sea-Changers and The Green Blue on the project.
The beach clean is one of a number of environmental commitments introduced by British Marine in 2019 to build on its dynamic long-term pledge to reduce the environmental impact of the iconic show. This includes the introduction of water refill points around the event and the removal of all plastic bottles at catering outlets, as well as a continuation to move away from all single-use plastics, serve only sustainable fish and recycle waste wherever possible.
Dean Smith, British Marine commercial director, commented, “Last year’s show was our most eco-friendly yet and this year we’re proud to be entering the second year of our long-term pledge to promote the plight of our oceans and importantly, ensure that we keep our environmental impact to a minimum.
“The beach clean is one of our many initiatives taking place this year. It will give the community the opportunity to get out by the water, spend time together and do something positive for the environment.
“It’s estimated that the UK produces around 76kg of waste per person every year. With so much of this ending up in our oceans, it’s clear that more steps need to be taken to cut this down and we hope that our beach clean inspires others to make a difference.”
British Marine is also launching the Environmental Award, which has been introduced to recognise exhibitors who have gone above and beyond to reduce their environmental impact and present sustainable working practices whilst at the show.
It is expected that over 10,000 people will take to the water across the full 10 days of the show, with numerous free activities to enjoy, including paddle boarding, dinghy sailing and mini cruises. The event will also host live music and various other interactive attractions.
Southampton International Boat Show will take place from Friday 13th September to Sunday 22nd September 2019.
To get involved in the beach clean at Weston Shore, visit southamptonboatshow.com/beachclean. Those who take part in the beach clean will also be entered into a special competition to win tickets to the show.