Scuba Diver Australasia + Ocean Planet - - Highlights - By Ag­gres­sor

In to­day’s world, where tonnes of plas­tic flow into oceans ev­ery year, the mere men­tion of trav­el­ling on yachts might bring to mind op­u­lence and wastage, but the truth is far kinder and greener with Ag­gres­sor’s “Green the Fleet” sus­tain­abil­ity ini­tia­tive. Long known as the ul­ti­mate in live­aboard travel, Ag­gres­sor Live­aboards has ex­panded its part­ner­ship with the

Sea of Change Foun­da­tion – a non-profit group that uses 100 per­cent of its funds for ma­rine con­ser­va­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and re­search ini­tia­tives – to make the live­aboard life­style en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able for divers while con­tribut­ing to the health of our oceans.

In ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing sus­tain­able op­er­a­tions al­ready in place across its fleet – the Raja Am­pat

Ag­gres­sor re­cently switched from sin­gle-use plas­tic bags to small, com­postable, non-plas­tic garbage bags and the Okeanos Ag­gres­sors al­ready source their seafood from a lo­cal, cer­ti­fied re­spon­si­ble fish­ery – Ag­gres­sor’s “Green the Fleet” ini­ta­tive will work to­wards elim­i­nat­ing sin­gle-use plas­tics from all Ag­gres­sor yachts, be­gin­ning with plas­tic straws, cups, and uten­sils. Sin­gle-use plas­tic water bot­tles will be phased out and re­placed with re­us­able water bot­tles. Yachts that don’t al­ready use non-toxic, biodegrad­able clean­ers will be­gin to make the switch. En­ergy ef­fi­cient LED light­ing will also be phased in.

“Ag­gres­sor Live­aboards is proud of the green op­er­a­tions that are al­ready in place across our fleet, and now we are look­ing for­ward to ex­panded ef­forts to­wards en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity in all our op­er­a­tions in­clud­ing at head­quar­ters, where we’ve switched to all-LED light­ing,” re­veals Ag­gres­sor Ad­ven­tures CEO Wayne Brown.

This green revo­lu­tion is not re­stricted to just ships. Ag­gres­sor cus­tomers will en­joy en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly wel­come gifts such as Ag­gres­sor lug­gage tags made from nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als. To fur­ther help pro­tect the coral reefs, Ag­gres­sor Live­aboards will pro­vide Stream2Sea coral-safe sun­screen and sham­poo for divers on yachts.

Saman­tha Whitcraft, Ag­gres­sor’s Di­rec­tor of Con­ser­va­tion and Outreach is de­ter­mined to help clean up the plas­tic in our oceans: “As divers, the oceans need our help now more than ever, and here at Ag­gres­sor Ad­ven­tures we get that.”

“Sci­en­tists es­ti­mate that more than nine mil­lion met­ric tonnes of plas­tic waste en­ters the oceans ev­ery year com­prised mostly of every­day items like bot­tles, wrap­pers, straws, and bags. And we know some chem­i­cals can harm co­rals. With our ‘Green the Fleet’ ini­tia­tives, we are part of the so­lu­tion and help divers un­der­stand how they can be too,” she adds.

“With the launch of ‘Green the Fleet’, we can make even more pos­i­tive changes to pro­tect the oceans for our cus­tomers now and for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of divers,” says Wayne Brown. “‘Green the Fleet’ is an ef­fort to im­prove our busi­ness val­ues and de­ci­sion­mak­ing process.”

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