8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the world’s oceans every year. If our current consumption continues at the same rate, there will be more plastic than fish by 2050. Single use plastic is the biggest problem with half of all plastic products designed to be used only once. Across the world, over a million plastic drinking bottles are bought every minute and these make up about 20% of all sea plastic.
But the world is waking up to the problem. There is increasing public awareness and governments are taking steps to reduce the use of disposable plastic. Just this week, the European Parliament announced plans to ban many throwaway plastic items by 2021 and stated that 90% of all plastic drinks bottles must be recycled by the year 2025. This will have a huge impact on shipping companies who are still relying on plastic water bottles for their clean water supply.
DrinkSafe is therefore even more important – not just for safeguarding crews, but for helping to save the environment.
It’s the easiest water testing kit on the market and is designed around MLC 2006 and WHO guidelines to provide you with everything you need to perform regular, comprehensive testing of your vessel’s water supplies. With DrinkSafe there’s no need to use single-use plastic bottles and some of the biggest shipping companies in the world are using it to look after the safety of their passengers and crews.
One of our customers, Grindrod Ship Management, have completely eliminated the use of bottled water on board ship by switching to Drinksafe to improve their water testing. As well as a massive cost saving, the change has also had a big impact on their plastic waste. Capt Rajaraman Krishnamoorthy from Grindrod said: ‘our company is saving 32,000 bottles per month due to more robust water testing policies’.
This represents a step in the right direction when it comes to plastic pollution and we hope that even more companies follow Grindrod’s great example.