5. Trash cigarette butts
Provide odor-resistant pocket ashtrays for smokers. And/or wind-resistant ashtrays.
Cigarette butts are the single most littered item in the world. The Ocean Conservancy has sponsored an annual beach cleanup for the last 32 years, and each year cigarette butts have been at the top of the list, amounting to 60 million butts. The wash into the oceans from storm drains, streams, and rivers, and are sometimes deposited directly onto beaches. Most are made of a form of plastic called cellulose acetate, and in studies they’ve shown up in 70 percent of seabirds and 30 percent of sea turtles.
Even if your vessel is non-smoking, this is a problem worth being informed about!
Make the switch
Locally: Project Green Flag has a small inventory of silicone pocket ashtrays. Mention this in your entry form, and we’ll get you some!
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