One of the UK’s leading sailmakers, OneSails, has partnered with the well-known marine conservation and campaigning charity, Surfers Against Sewage. The collaboration forms part of OneSails’ commitment to help protect our oceans and become more sustainable.
As a new member of Surfers Against Sewage’s Ocean Network, OneSails joins forces with a raft of businesses supporting social change and helping to protect the UK’s coastal environment.
John Parker from OneSails GBR (East) in Suffolk said, “As passionate, lifelong sailors who live and work by the sea we are always looking for new ways we can help protect the marine environment. We have followed Surfers Against Sewage’s campaigns for many years, and they were the obvious choice when it came to teaming up with a charity taking action to implement real change.”
Surfers Against Sewage is a grassroots environmental charity that campaigns to protect the ocean. It was created in 1990 by a group of Cornish surfers, fighting to clean up the sea that was making them sick. Now, Surfers Against Sewage campaigns onplastic pollution, the climate emergency, industrial exploitation, and water quality by taking action on the ground that triggers change from the top.
So far in 2023 amongst other highlights, Surfers Against Sewage has facilitated the clean-up of over 172k miles of UK beaches, engaged with nearly 4k schools nationwide, and has lobbied the Government in the fight against sewage spills.
Nathan Steffenoni from OneSails GBR (south) in Hamble added, “As a business, we are investing in product development and recycling initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint of our sails. Like many of our team, I am a sea swimmer, a surfer, and a sailor so this is also a personal commitment as well as a company mission.”
Earlier this year, OneSails UK announced a partnership with the charity Clean Sailors and its global ReSail project to recycle and re-use old sails. During the summer, OneSails prevented over 100 old sails going into landfill through its ongoing re-use, recycle, and re-purpose campaign.
ReSail by Clean Sailors allows sailors around the world to search for and find local drop-off points for their old sails and ropes, which are then used as a resource for a variety of different products and businesses. Anyone can drop old sails off to the OneSails lofts near Ipswich in Suffolk and in Hamble on the south coast.