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Our S.E.A. life promise...​

At Simple Sailor Marine our mission statement is simple:

 

'Be the change, sea the difference, repeat.'

Yacht and boat maintenance should be as simple as 1, 2, 3.  But what is boat soap, what is teak cleaner and what is black streak remover really behind the fancy labels? The simple answer is usually a mixed acid or alkali concentrate in a 1 gallon bottle of obscure chemicals that meet many land based eco standards but are questionable in direct output to the ocean. The more complex answer is an unregulated, unchecked industry of chemicals potentially causing toxic spills on a weekly basis in the 1000's of gallons per large vessel. Chemicals classed as acute aquatic toxins according to MARPOL ANNEX V requirements for 'wash down waste' are classed according to their IMDG code classification under UN code CAS requirements. Confused? We thought you might be so lets break it down for you:

MARPOL CONVENTION - Isn't an organisation and doesn't endorse or condone or enforce any rules nor does it have any definitive wording for referring to environmentally damaging washdown chemicals or considered safe chemicals

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IMDG CODE - Is a list of dangerous goods, known dangers, United Nations Coding and precautions for everything with a chemical name.

CLEAN MARINA PROGRAM - Doesn't endorse any product but does endorse marinas who demonstrate clean practices - Many marine cleaning companies use their logo illegally to give the illusion of a clean product.

EPA Safer Choice - Endorses chemicals and products for a fee, that are known to be safe in normal use when entering municapal water treatment streams or land based filtration aquifers - not the sea

  Sodium Hydroxide

  Sodium Hypochlorite

  Sodium Lauryl Sulphate         

                                                           +   THE OCEAN  +  SEA LIFE   =   TOXIC 

  Sodium Percarbonate (Isolate)

  Sodium Cocyl Sulphate

  Trisodium Phosphate (TSP)

We at Salty Bitts are current and former superyacht crew who understand the difference between salt water, brackish water, fresh water and the sodium elements the make up its total dissolved solids (TDS). We see the difference when the bitts are salty and when they are shiny, when the chemicals are harsh or eco but know that ECO usually doesn't mean harsh or biodegradable end to end. We know the sea is relentless, so, we set out to make a change. Maintenance is regular and repetitive but rarely do crews stop to think about the cumulative harm to the sea from conventional 'car detailing products' branded as 'ECO FRIENDLY'. After all who is to stop a car soap manufactures re branding their product as 'Boat Soap'. It makes financial sense as they can charge more but there are no regulatory bodies to monitor the accuracy or enforce laws or even fines on the many companies that do this resulting in unnecessary chemical pollution into our oceans. 

Between the deck of a boat and the ocean there are no aquifers or rivers or treatment plants. THIS IS WHAT WE CALL THE 'CURRENT PROBLEM'...

MARPOL, IMDG, CLEAN MARINA PROGRAM,  EPA SAFER CHOICE, SEA CHANGE etc. none of which address the actual recognition and clear labelling that lets boaters know which marine chemical cleaning products are as minimally damaging as possible with clear labelling for better education.

 

Our products start with two questions:

  1. Is the product 'eco friendly', 'biodegradable', 'readily hydrolyzed in water' or 'non toxic' to sea life?

  2. Does the product function as good as if not better than the toxic equivalent?

If the answer to either of these questions is 'YES' then we commence our testing. We review toxicology reports, Safety data sheets, reactivity equations and scholarly articles first. Then we ask the chemists and biologists for their approval. Just employing a chemist or so called expert is like trusting everything a politician says is the gospel truth. We are realists and you should be too. All cleaning has some environmental impact, some side effect and some waste but our mission is to reduce in all ways, always!

 

After our S.E.A. criteria have been met, only then will we put our name on it:

S   Safe for the fish, coral and all marine life and on the EPA safer choice ingredients list.

 

E   Eco friendly by way of absorption, dissipation, hydrolyzation or biodegradation in the ocean.   

A   Approved by marine biologist, chemists and professional superyacht crew 

We are the proud founders of the The SEA SOCIETY - (SAVE OUR SHIPS, SAVE OUR SEAS) our commitment to be part of the change for future generations and a transparent endorsement scheme that reviews and quantifies environmental impact for better professional mariner understanding. We donate a portion of all our profits to charities for marine preservation, restoration and information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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