Originally Posted by David_Old_Jersey
... any claims to "Green" are simply self serving feelgood delusions...
Good point ... I question this every day of my life.
Fibreglass, boat paint
, et al are toxic ... OTOH in the grand scheme of enjoying the end of the 1st world as we know it ... saiboats can be a green way to go. Compared to powerboats, jet skis, RVs, Monster Trucks, and all the other gass-guzzling cr*p we spoiled, silly, wasteful Americans love.
an older sailboat keeps new production down and arguably "re-cycles" existing resources.
OK ... this is about to get pretty graphic ... but you can completely eliminate using toilet paper by doing what about 50% of the world does anyway ... a cup next to the head
... you can use either seawater or sink water
depending on freshwater conservation needs.
Hummanure composting wont work for long bluewater cruises ... but I just went for 1.5 years (on land) making ZERO SEWAGE. All greywater including urine went to garden and all "human solid waste" went to humanure composting.
We are not bluewater sailors ... but adapting a similar philosophy on Ocean. Greywater & urine goes to ocean being careful to use only biodegradable & non-toxic cleaning
products. Human solid waste goes in "luggable loo" with mulch and hay (read the book ... it will explain the science of composting) and bury on land. Obviously we don't do this in Marina ... use the facilities like everyone else.
Researching "Nature's Head" solar
composting toilet. Pricetag not in budget
right now ... but perhaps soon. Luggable Loo kinda sucks on a boat but I refuse to use that blue chemical.
Zero plastic trash in Ocean.
Given the scope
of ecological disaster caused by 1st World materialism ... this may be self-serving feel-good nonsense ... OTOH ... better to do something small than nothing at all.
There are many ways sailors can make their hobby 100% green or close to it. The minimalism of live-aboards in itself is an important step away from the consumerist greed philosophy of endless aquisition.
cheers and thanks for a great thread!