Sail Recycling Network South West

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It just got easier to be a green sailor in the South West!

Just launched – a joint initiative with Sails and Canvas, Clean Sailors and SKB Sails Falmouth – providing a drop off point for sailors in the South West to bring their used sails for recycling. The first (of hopefully many) Sail Recycling Network initiatives – and it’s a win win win situation!

Clean Sailors, with Holly Manvell at the helm is committed to mobilising the global sailing community in conservation of our oceans. Their 3 points of focus are to: Share stories, science, research, knowledge, ideas and best practice with and from our community, and beyond. Sell ethically-sourced and sustainable Clean Sailors products to raise awareness of our project, sailing and ocean conservation. Campaign through lobbying, explaining, sharing and canvassing those that can help change happen.

Part of that best practice is encouraging sailors to make sure that old sails don’t end up in landfill once they are no longer useable at sea. Win No1

SKB Sails design, cut and build sails in their Falmouth sail loft – with Nick Head and his team of six they have years of experience in sailmaking, cover-making and upholstery. They have opened their doors as the South West’s first sail recycling collection point, making it easy for sailors to drop off old sails. Win No.2

Then we will collect a van load of sails each time we visit, cutting down on travel miles & fuel consumption and give the old sails a new lease of life as our Sails and Canvas bags and lifestyle products. Win No.3

The Sail Recycling Network has already caught the attention of Yachting Monthly magazine and British Marine are also covering the launch on their members sites and newsletters! Let’s hope it’s the start of something BIG!

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