Passion Sea Flag
Introducing the Passion Sea Flag: a new initiative for bringing awareness and change for cleaner oceans.
The way industry and consumerism has shaped our society has deeply affected the health of our waters. Our seas and oceans have a mechanism to clean themselves but the increase of pollution, from different chemicals and plastics, is creating an unbalance. By attaching a Passion Sea Flag to your yacht or tender, you commit to love and respect the ocean and have a mindful behavior, especially when it comes to trash and recycling. Diminishing the use of plastic, not littering when aboard or on the shore, refraining from releasing toilets in sensitive areas, respecting marine protected areas and cleaning up floating garbage encountered are some of the behaviors to adopt.
Swimming and navigating among garbage is a reality that we can help shift. Let's protect the beauty, feeling of bliss and plenitude that our ocean's procure! Be part of the global campaign! #passionseaflag. You can support the movement and order the Passion Sea flag here!
1. Please avoid littering from aboard or on the shore
Littering is a dangerous activity and shouldn't be taken lightly. Any amount of trash discarded in the environment piles up and then adds to the global pollution crisis.
3. Please avoid
products containing “microbeads” of plastic
Tiny plastic particles, called “microbeads,” have become a growing source of ocean plastic pollution in recent years. Microbeads are found in some face scrubs, toothpastes, and bodywashes, and they readily enter our oceans and waterways through our sewer systems, and affect hundreds of marine species. Avoid products containing plastic microbeads by looking for “polythelene” and “polypropylene” on the ingredient labels of your cosmetic products
5. Please avoid fishing
in marine sanctuaries
Marine sanctuaries areas are protected to help provide a safe habitat for species close to extinction and protect historical artifacts.
7. Please avoid
overfishing & bycatch
Overfishing can lead to extinction or imbalance in marine species. The same goes for keeping bycatch fishes instead of releasing them back in the water.
9. Please avoid releasing toilet waters in marine sensible areas
Toilet waters should be filtered and treated before getting released or pumped. Human sewage entering the water is harmful as it sparks the process of
eutrophication. This happens when excess waste feeds the dense growth of phytoplankton, which sucks the oxygen out of their environment. This drastically influences the food chain, issues with coral reef and creates "dead water" zones.
11. Please send love and gratitude to water
Water responds to vibration and energy. Dr Masaru Emoto proved that the structure of water changes depending if exposed to words with "positive" vibration like love and gratitude or "negative"ones like "hate". Only "positive" vibration words allow water to crystallize in beautiful snowflakes.
2. Please minimize plastic usage, avoid single-use plastic products and
Plastic is one of the main cause of pollution and deterioration of our waters. Please avoid single-use plastics such as plastic bags, water bottles, straws, cups, utensils, dry cleaning bags, take-out containers, and any other plastic items that are used once and then discarded. At present, just 9% of plastic is recycled worldwide. Recycling helps keep plastics out of the ocean. It also reduces the amount of “new” plastic in circulation.
4. Please prefer using environmentally friendly products for cleaning
Environmentally products have less harmful ingredients in their composition. They help decrease the amount of water pollution. It is a healthier option for you, your yacht and the planet.
6. Please respect marine protected areas
Restricting activity in marine areas can help preserve the unique marine life and cultural sites for the generations to come.
8. Please help clean marine debris
About 60%-80% of all marine debris is composed of plastic (Rios et al. 2007) and Ocean Conservancy's Trash Free Seas Alliance estimates that 8 million metric tons of plastic enters the ocean each year. Mammals and fishes get their nutrition from the oceans. Plastic is a man made product which they do not understand and if its floating in the water they can mistake it for food and therefore eat it and die.
10. Please safely discard cigarettes butts
Cigarette butt litter is a real issue at our beaches and in our oceans. Cigarette butts not properly discarded - left on the street for example - end up on our waterways dues to storm drains and rivers. Direct litter of cigarette butts at the beach adds to the problem. Toxins, toxic chemicals, and carcinogens from cigarettes get collected on the filter and are then washed out into our waterways and the ocean. Birds and sea mammals ingest these toxic butts, misinterpreting them for food.
12. Please stay informed on current issues & help by spreading awareness
Stay informed on issues related to plastic pollution and help make others aware of the problem. Tell your friends, family, company about how they can be part of the solution.