Waste Not is the Rule. But How Do We Get There?

Reducing what we throw away is an environmental necessity on a boat. Not only is it the right thing for the planet, but there’s no space to put waste. We need a smart day-to-day strategy to hit the zero-waste goal.


Along with sustainable sailing, green boating, and ocean conservation, you've probably heard the term "zero waste." And on the surface, for me, at least, zero waste sounds impossible. Surely, we sailors have to generate some trash, some garbage, some waste, right? But cruisers, and especially liveaboards,  are already striving to produce the least amount of food waste and trash  possible, and not just for environmental reasons.

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Shauna Anderson
Shauna Anderson is a freelance writer and part-time sailor. Combining these passions, she writes down-to-earth, practical articles and YouTube video scripts geared toward the sailing community. In a past life, Shauna enjoyed crewing on a friend’s boat in Puget Sound in her free time while building a career in Information Technology. More recently, she has focused on writing and deepening her sailing skills. With twin teenagers flying the nest, Shauna and her husband are plotting a course to sail the Caribbean.