Sarah MacKenzie, chief stewardess on M/Y Blue Vision tells EYS about her steps towards being kinder to the environment.
“The different colour garbage bags made it so easy for us to keep our recycling separate and we love that they are made from recycled plastic.”
REASONS FOR BUYING ECO?
As an interior team, we decided to do our best to make MY Blue Vision as environmentally friendly as possible not only in terms of cleaning supplies but in all aspects of housekeeping and service as well. We love that all the Ecover products are Marpol compliant and therefore do not put chemicals into the ocean, which damage marine life. With the green movement being so present in the media, we found it very important to do as much as we can for the environment.
HAS IT BEEN EASIER THAN YOU THOUGHT?
We found it very convenient to purchase all of our products and cleaning supplies from one company instead of having to go to different suppliers. We love the quality and the subtle fragrances of the Ecover products and find that all the products work really well. The different colour garbage bags made it so easy for us to keep our recycling separate and we love that they are made from recycled plastic. Our guests were very impressed with our eco-friendly items on the boat such as glass water bottles, metal straws and organic toiletries and asked us a lot of questions about the boat going eco. In terms of difficulties, we did not find any, it was far easier to have consistency in our products and to use such a reliable supplier who is happy to ship our order wherever we are. Another aspect of EYS that we love is their charity department that collects anything we are discarding from the boat to give to a charity in need.
WHAT IS YOUR GOAL FOR THE FUTURE?
We would love to be able to have 5L bottles with pumps that we can re-fill in yachting hubs such as Antibes and Palma to eliminate the quantity of plastic bottles on board and also to re-use the plastic bottles. There are other aspects of the interior that we would like to make more environmentally friendly such as installing a still and sparkling water filter system onto the boat to eliminate buying bottled water entirely and only supplying environmentally friendly guest toiletries.