Marinedi, the largest network of marinas in Italy and Nagua Bio have forged, with this goal, an effective collaboration for the defense of the sea. The alarming environmental emergencies and a new awareness of one’s impact on nature are pushing the boating community, as well as marine companies and professionals, to experience boating in an increasingly sustainable way.
Nowadays, boaters know how to reduce their “human” footprint on the marine environment. It is enough to reduce waste, sort garbage, dispose of black and gray water, use environmentally friendly products for boat cleaning and personal hygiene, avoid chemical spills at sea, and pay attention to Posidonia beds while anchoring in the bay.
But the art of reducing pollution is not only practiced when boating. In recently years we are finally talking about the “life cycle” of yachts, and designers and shipyards are striving to produce and dispose of them sustainably. There are also the ports themselves that have to do their part. Today, a yachtsman demands port facilities that are designed, built and, above all, managed in a sustainable manner.
To combat pollution and protect the environment alone will not go far. Therefore, it is useful to work together to achieve common objectives. That’s what Nagua Bio, an international company specializing in biodegradable boat cleaning and personal care products, and Marinedi Group, the largest network of tourist marinas in the Mediterranean, recently did. Together we have formed a collaboration that in environmental issues looks to the future.
Nagua Bio was born from the experience of a couple of boaters who, after years of sailing, decided to create a complete line of environmentally friendly products for boat and yacht users who want to respect the environment. These are detergents for cleaning the boat, its rooms and equipment, as well as sunscreens and detergents for the personal care of those people on board. All made with natural ingredients that offer an environmentally friendly alternative to chemical or petroleum-based products. Each product complies with strict anti-pollutant certifications, rigorous ecological formulas, vegan testing, and the packaging itself is marked by recyclable and eco-friendly materials.
Often when people talk about marine pollution, they think only of plastic, abandoned nets, or the trash we see floating in the water. But even the traditional chemical soaps that we use every day on board to wash the boat or shower, though invisible to the naked eye, are a devastating threat to the sea and its ecosystem.
This is well known by the owners of the Marinedi Group, who in their 14 ports scattered across the Mediterranean with a total of 6,000 berths, use and invite their guests to use only environmentally friendly detergents, such as those made by Nagua Bio.
Collaboration that comes as one of the pieces of an overall, constant and daily work that the Group carries out in the field of environmental sustainability and that defines its “green” identity, such as the placement of floating waste-eating baskets (Seabin) that capture microplastics; solar panels for energy management; electric vehicle charging facilities or ecological islands, present in the network’s marinas, where boaters can dispose of their waste and sewage on board. A set of virtuous practices that can build a conscience and a diffuse culture of care and respect for the environment.
These are all small steps toward an environmentally sustainable future that are sure to be appreciated by boaters who frequent their marinas. And that in the long term, with everyone’s help, they will form new generations of sea users, even more aware and united in the defense of the marine environment.