In today’s world, where tonnes of plastic flow into oceans every year, a 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 their partnership with the Sea of Change Foundation, a non-profit foundation 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 works 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 switch to ones that are. 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,” revealed Aggressor Adventures CEO Wayne Brown.
This green revolution is not restricted to just ships. Aggressor customers will also now enjoy welcome gifts that are more environmentally friendly such as Aggressor luggage tags made from natural materials instead of plastics and plastic-free or recycled packaging. 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.”
“Scientist 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 added.
“With the launch of Green the FleetTM, we know we can make even more positive changes to help protect the oceans for our customers now and for future generations of divers,” Brown added. “Green The Fleet is an effort to improve our business values and decision-making process.”
About the Aggressor Liveaboards®: Aggressor Liveaboards has mastered the art of blending scuba diving over 35 years with innovation, personalized service, professional staff, and safety with a vision of success. We turn simple services into life-changing experiences for our guests. It is a trade; it is an art, and it is our talent. Learn more at www.aggressor.com