Worldwide Dive and Sail holds the environment very dear. Not only because the ocean provides our livelihood, but because we genuinely care. In alliance with our partner brand blue o two, WWDAS has boldly taken a pledge to become completely “single-use plastic free” by the end of 2019. We would like to take you on our journey and keep you posted about the challenges and successes we face whilst en-route to this end goal.

Together, WWDAS and blue o two operate 16 dive liveaboard boats in 14 countries worldwide. This is a logistical challenge in its own right. Moreover, many of our boats are based in remote locations, such as Truk Lagoon or the Galapagos, where both supplies and suppliers are limited. Despite this, we are determined to go the extra mile and do everything in our power to honour the pledge we have taken.

Our pledge to reduce single-use plastics goes hand in hand with the company’s mission to reduce our footprint on this planet.

Start of plastic reducing measures – a review of 2018

Fleet-wide implementation of plastic-reduction measures started in 2018, with banning plastic straws and plastic water bottles from our entire fleet. We have been trailing new suppliers, resources and methods, to ensure that we fulfil our customers’ needs whilst retaining our plastic-free pledge. This stage will take some time to perfect; however, we are confident that we are making positive steps in the right direction.

Our two main offices, in Thailand and the UK, boast environmentally friendly qualities. With energy saving measures in place, alongside recycling and carefully sourced environmentally friendly office resources. We are proud to work alongside our local communities. With both our offices situated near marine environments, we participate in beach and dive clean-ups. We believe in leading by example and urge our destinations and guests to join our efforts.

August 2019

Indonesia

On board S/Y Indo Siren, we have started using 100% biodegradable soap/shampoo, fabricated in Bali. As there are no plastic recycling facilities in Indonesia, we encourage our guests to use our products whilst on board. Guests who prefer to bring their own products are advised to bring back and dispose of empty plastic containers at home. At the same time, we have started using 100% biodegradable laundry/dish washing/general cleaner made in Bali. Using biodegradable soap/shampoo and cleaning soaps contributes to a cleaner ocean and is beneficial to our guests and the environment as well.

July 2019

The Maldives

M/V Blue Voyager and her dhoni Blue Shadow have now been fitted with water membranes and mineralisers to make the water potable. We are proud to announce there are no more plastic water bottles on board. Guests are encouraged to bring their own refillable water containers.

June 2019

Egypt

Great news from Egypt:

The Association for the Protection of the Environment released a decision by the Egyptian government to ban single-use and disposable plastics in the Red Sea governorate starting from June 2019. The statement reads that the decision is designed to protect wildlife, marine life and species facing extinction as plastics in the Red Sea cause severe harm due to ingestion, poisoning or smothering. Plastics pose a threat to life for marine animals also for human health.

The use of plastic bags will be banned in food shops, restaurants, supermarkets, grocery stores and pharmacies. Moreover, all single use plastics including plastic knives, forks, straws and cups will be strictly banned from the Red Sea Governorate’s restaurants and cruise ships.

Egyptian tourism relies heavily on the Red Sea Governorate, which is home to many significant tourist destinations, including its capital Hurghada, El-Qusair, Ras Ghareb and Marsa Alam. The Red Sea itself is the main tourism attraction for watersports such as diving, snorkeling, surfing, etc.

In 2017, the Ministry of Environment launched a prior initiative funded by the European Union as a part of the global move to reduce plastics consumption. The move targeted Egypt’s strong dependency on plastic bags and aimed to reduce usage due to their negative effects on the environment and the economy. It is estimated that Egypt consumes nearly 12 billion plastics bags on an annual basis.

Blue O Two and WWDAS acclaim this government decision whilst working hard to implement measures reducing our own alliance single-use plastic intake around the world. Together we can make a difference!

May 2019

The Bahamas

Together with our alliance partner Blue O Two, we have started a fundraising initiative for Bite-Back Shark & Marine Conservation. Buy a raffle ticket here for min. GBP 10 and maybe the prize will be yours! 7 nights liveaboard on board Bahamas Master diving in the shark infested waters of the Bahamas, including flights. How would you like that? Liveaboards do not get better or cheaper than that! At the same time, you can rest assured that every ticket purchased will help fund Bite-Back’s important campaigns to end the trade and consumption of shark products and make Britain’s retailers shark-free.

The winner will be announced at NEC Birmingham Dive Show on October 26th 2019 at the Blue O Two stand.

March 2019

Red Sea and Solomons/PNG

This month we are happy to announce that it is our Red Sea fleet’s turn to start selling sustainable aluminium water bottles. Guests are invited to use the bottles on board and bring them home with them. We have found they make a popular souvenir for yourself or for a loved one! We charge a nominal fee of 5 GBP per bottle to cover our cost price. At the same time, we are equally happy when guests bring their own water bottles along for the trip.

Our team in Solomons and PNG has made yet another small step forwards to efficiently recycling. We collect and save our dry erase markers and then send them home with willing clients or management in the US to mail them back to the Crayola company (http://www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx). Every tiny step to reducing of waste makes a difference!

February 2019

The Philippines

After the recent ban on single-use plastic bottles from the authorities at Tubbataha Marine Park, we no longer serve single-use plastic water bottles on board S/Y Philippine Siren. Instead, we have locally produced tumblers made from bamboo and stainless steel, which are available to purchase on board if required. Embossed with our branding, the profits go straight to a local charity that protects and preserves dolphins and whales in the Philippines. We invite you to become part of the solution in fighting the growing plastic problem, by bringing your own personal water bottle for your holiday.

January 2019

Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands is one of our most remote destinations. This has made making sustainable changes here difficult. However, we have made some encouraging progress. Our first step was to look at how we were purchasing goods, both locally and internationally. By buying in bulk we are reducing our overall packaging. Next, we have provided our suppliers with reusable tubs to deliver our goods and eliminate the use of plastic bags. Moreover, we have sourced new suppliers who produce products without packaging. Our final step was to look at our own storage solutions, using reusable containers to ensure better and fresher storage. Whilst we understand that there will be challenges and limitations, we are dedicated to our pledge

There are a few challenges that we keep working on. Due to sanitary and cultural reasons there are certain plastics we cannot (yet) avoid. Certain supplies, in particular meat and cleaning materials, are fully packaged in plastic. Even though we buy the largest bulk amount to reduce the amount of plastic used and the containers are marked as recyclable, there is simply no recycle facility in the Solomons.

December 2018

Palau

The government of Palau has signed a law which restricts the sale and use of sunscreen and skincare products containing a list of ten different chemicals. Researchers believe that these ingredients are highly toxic to marine life and can make coral more susceptible to bleaching. The ban is set to come into force by 2020. We have embraced this law and taken the opportunity to provide reef-friendly sunscreen options, whilst also working with a young Palauan entrepreneur. We are proud to be offering this homemade, organic sunscreen alternative on board S/Y Palau Siren.

November 2018

The Maldives and Red Sea

Off the back of our single-use plastic pledge, we have banned all single-use plastic bottles on our Red Sea fleet and significantly reduced our usage in the Maldives. As a practical alternative, we have started selling aluminium drinking bottles on board. Due to the remote locations of many of our destinations, we have found difficulty with responsible recycling and disposing of waste. Looking for alternative methods, we have partnered with Parley for the Oceans Project (OCP), an organisation which advocates responsible disposable. OCP collection points have been set up, which will allow some of our destinations to start recycling. We aim to have this system in place within the next 6 months.