The Green Blue

Sailing holidays go green

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By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue It was no surprise to see ‘faux environmental concern’ (sometimes known as ‘green washing’) listed as one of the top 20 pet hates in a recent Telegraph Travel article. In particular, we have a dislike of hotels posting notes in the bathroom saying ‘washing towels wastes water and is bad for the planet’. If ...

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Green Gifts

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By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue If you’re still searching for some inspiration for this year’s Christmas presents, there’s no better time to take a look at some nifty gadgets that will go on being useful – at home or on board – even when the novelty factor has worn off and Christmas Day is a distant memory. There is ...

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Outboard Efficiency

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By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue It might seem a little obsessive to sleep with your outboard engine propped up next to you all night, but those are the extremes you might have to go to if you want to emulate Shelly Jory-Leigh, British Powerboat champion and top female powerboater in the world. Keeping a straight, pristine prop during every ...

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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS – DOUBLE DUTCH?

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By: Dan Reading, The Green Blue At start of the summer we were given the opportunity to go on a trip with The Yacht Harbour Association (administrators of the Gold Anchor Scheme and whichmarina.com) to visit some marinas on the French, Dutch and Belgian coastlines. The schedule was jam packed – so much so that there wasn’t even enough time ...

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A to Z of better eco boating

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By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue Did you know that it takes it takes about 1,000 litres of water to produce 1 litre of milk? Just one of the key facts on the UNEP World Environment Day (which took place on  5 June) website. This year’s theme is Think.Eat.Save. – an anti food waste campaign that encourages you to reduce ...

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Cleaner Quieter Propulsion

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By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue Hybrid propulsion for boats has been around for a surprisingly long time, with Royal Thames Yacht Club member Jack Delmar-Morgan, an early pioneer in electrical engineering and the automotive retail business, creating a truly unique yacht back in 1912. ‘Mansura’ was designed to run selectively under petrol, electric or sail power alone, or under ...

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Red, Blue, Green Blue

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By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue If 2012 was the year of bilge socks, fuel collars and phosphate free washing up liquid, then 2013 is going to be the year of tarpaulins and, we hope, technology as The Green Blue takes another look at ways to minimise diffuse pollution, and the problems associated with copper concentrations in particular. At this ...

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Sustainability in the spotlight

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By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue Like the 49 million other internet followers logging on five times a day to the race tracker, The Green Blue is taking a virtually obsessive interest in the 2012-13 Vendée Globe, especially as we follow the progress of our Green Blue Ambassador Mike Golding in this, his fourth campaign. We’d like to say we’re ...

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Taking the green lead on engines

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By: Alex Watkins, The Green Blue With so many new alternative power ideas flooding the market in the car industry lately it got me wondering… What is the next step for the marine world? If you don’t like the thought of polluting our planet with a big powerful V8 then you can walk into a showroom today and order a ...

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Put A Sock In It!

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By: Jane Swan, The Green Blue For the past few weeks The Green Blue team seems to have turned into travelling salesmen, turning up at clubs and marinas with a suitcase of environmentally friendly goodies – donuts and socks being the special offers (otherwise known as fuel collars and bilge socks) amongst other things. It hasn’t been a sales pitch ...

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