RS Sailing
Premier Way, Abbey Park
Romsey Hampshire SO51 9DQ
01794 526760
RS Sailing
Premier Way, Abbey Park
Romsey Hampshire SO51 9DQ
01794 526760

RS Sailing are proud to be awarded the Gold Level Clean Regatta certification from Sailors for the sea, for our sustainability efforts at the Southampton Boat Show this year.

Sailors for the sea, powered by Oceana, is the world’s only ocean conservation organization that engages, educates and activates the sailing community towards restoring ocean health. They recognise that sailors see the issues that the ocean faces first-hand, from pollution, to overfishing and habit destruction. If sailors from all around the world could unite in embracing environmentally responsible behaviour and sustainable work practices, we could really have a big influence.

The core team at RS Sailing are life-long sailors who love being on the water. We’d like to think we’ve developed some great boats for people like us and for the next generation of sailors, so we want to do our part to protect the environment we all enjoy sailing in. RS Sailing has, therefore, implemented a Sustainability Programme – analysing, improving and publicising recyclable aspects of our boats, recyclable packaging, clean energy sources, almost paperless office functions, our operations and waste recycling.

When the we sat down for our initial Southampton Boat Show meeting, all plans were made with sustainability in mind. We worked hard at the show to significantly reduce our environmental impact and to encourage others to do the same. For optimal sustainability, majority of the equipment and material for events and exhibitions are re-used. RS made a conscious effort to reduce the use of paper for marketing and PR purposes by cutting down on the information given to customers on paper. Therefore, we have reduced brochures down to just one responsibly sourced double-sided postcard for each boat in the range to signpost customers to more detailed information online. George Purchon, RS Sailing UK Sales commented, “It’s been a big culture change for the team to move away from big glossy brochures and giveaways to just small postcards, but our customers have been really supportive when we explain why we have made the change. It ultimately ends up in the bin so it’s great to know that even these small changes make a difference.”
 

Other actions taken to consciously limit our environmental impact at the show included fuelling the team working on the stand with food and drinks not wrapped in single use plastic, as well as providing everyone with a reusable water bottle to fill up at the various water stations around the show. With the edition of a coffee machine on our stand this year, it was important to us that all staff were given a reusable coffee cup and customers enjoyed our great coffee in biodegradable cups. We of course had a recycling bin on the stand and banned the use of plastic bags, instead using canvas bags for runs to the shop.

Outside of the show environment, sustainability is a key mission throughout the build and supply process for RS. As a pioneering business on the MarineShift360 scheme, the entire brand lifecycle is currently being evaluated to make improvements to the efficiency and sustainability of every aspect of production and delivery in an attempt to create improvements at every level. Changes already implemented include the use of recycled materials in the build process, use of bio resins and packaging in plant derived content materials prior to delivery. As market leaders, we view this as an ongoing programme, the job will never be done. We aim to continually improve and to set the sustainability standard within our part of the sailing industry which we hope others will follow.

We’re not perfect, but we’re trying, and as a business feel passionate about encouraging sailors and the wider industry to help protect planet earth for future generations of sailors. All it takes is a few small changes, some extra effort and planning to make a considerable difference. It’s a challenge that we have enjoyed and embraced at RS Sailing; you should give it a go and make your next event a Clean Regatta, click here for more info!
 

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