1. Don’t use plastic straws, plates or cutlery: use reusable or compostable items. For example, bring your own reusable water bottle wherever you go, including when racing.
  2. Separate your waste for recycling: separate waste on board correctly and put it in the bins at the port where it will be collected. Use as little plastic as possible and make sure it does not accidentally fall into the water.
  3. Use environmentally friendly detergents and cleaning products: for both personal hygiene and cleaning the boat. Make sure that they are 100% biodegradable.
  4. Use eco-friendly sun creams: chemical solar filters can contain ingredients that are not only harmful to our health but are also highly toxic to the marine ecosystem.
  5. Do not waste water: eliminate wastage and when rinsing the boat use flow restrictors to help reduce consumption.
  6. Limit the use of fuel: when you use the engine, don't have it on full power. Sailing more slowly will not only help you to save fuel (and money), but will also reduce the disturbance to marine fauna. 
  7. Prevent fuel loss: remember that leaking pollutants such as gas, oil and petroleum into the water creates some of the worst damage to the marine environment. Refuel your boat when you are in port, not in the water, and check that there are no leaks from the tank or reserve tanks before setting off.
  8. Protect the seabed: dropping anchor and dragging it along the seabed can cause significant damage. Seagrass, for example is a plant that protects beaches from erosion, is a major source of oxygen, contributes to fighting climate change, and provides a habitat for many Mediterranean species. 
  9. Respect marine protected areas: marine protected areas are zones where human activities (such as surfing, fishing and tourism) are regulated to protect the natural environment. Each marine protected area has its own rules and regulations to be followed, be aware of them.
  10. Become an ocean defender: sign the Charta Smeralda and promote environmental sustainability by applying and advocating positive actions and reporting situations of potential environmental damage to the authorities. Each one of us through our choices can help to protect the environment!