After two weeks living on the boat, I have relearned a few truths from previous times aboard. First, is the realisation of the amount of garbage we generate individually. Aside from a few potato peels, onion skins and an apple core or two, all other garbage which must be taken ashore is plastic, cardboard and paper. It seems to me that a sensible financial investment would be in packaging firm's stock. Every day the garbage going ashore is nearly equal in volume to the product which originally came onboard.
We are therefore, reassessing the way we shop. Many products below and above the eyeline 'power' shelves in supermarkets, have less packaging. For instance cereals in bags alone, rather than bags inside boxes....same with washing powder and, we are taking our own reusable bags to the checkout.
I looked at the cleaning products under the kitchen sink at home and realised how much duplicity exists there. Just washing liquid, a scouring paste, one surface polish and a bottle of methylated spirits has replaced 13 separate products and their plastic containers.
On my behalf the motivation here is space saving and limiting the amount of garbage I have to carry away everyday....the benefit to the environment is coincidental but of no lesser importance. The marketing people have created a crap filled environment...
Which brings me to my second observation....I was astounded to be informed by the management of the marina, that some cruisers/liveaboards are choosing to use their onboard heads (sans holding tanks) rather than the facilities provided ashore. Apparently the practice of allowing human, solid effluent into the waters around other's boats is not as infrequent as most responsible yotties would think. The management says this is a problem which is constantly under review by professional marina associations worldwide.
I came by this information when I went to the marina office to 'dob-in' a cruising yacht which I saw pumping pulverised poo into the pond at 7am while I was walking ashore to dump the daily garbage collection. The yacht in question was just 80 paces from 'le bog'.....