Our commitment to sustainability

We are passionate about the sea, it sits at the heart of everything we do to deliver positive impact on all the young people who pass through our doors. Ocean health and sustainability are now top of the agenda, and we’ve partnered with Final Straw Solent in a bid to increase awareness of ocean health and the devastating impact plastic pollution has on our seas.

UKSA Sustainability

UKSA teaching a sustainability course

Teaching sustainability and ocean health

Young people training at UKSA learn about sustainability and ocean health thanks to presentations on plastic pollution and planned activities during all training courses. Each student learns why it is essential to protect the oceans and what key steps can be taken to actively minimise pollution.

CEO of UKSA Ben Willows said: “Here at UKSA we are passionate about actively minimising plastic pollution and, thanks to the high number of young people coming through our doors each year, we are well placed to deliver the vital message of ocean health to the next generation.

UKSA sustainable bottles, coffee cups and straws

We practice what we preach

We have substantially reduced single use plastics, replacing plastic cups and sandwich containers with compostable and reusable packaging. We also have a crisp packet recycling scheme in association with TerraCycle UK. In We are helping to produce the future generation of sailors and this is a huge step forwards to ensuring we can be confident that our oceans, coasts and waterways will be in safe hands.

UKSA Ambassador Dee Caffari MBE on a yacht

UKSA Ambassador Dee Caffari MBE

“It has been said many times before but our best defence against the deterioration of our ocean’s health is, in fact, education. This collaboration will bring the topic of ocean health and sustainable best practice to the forefront of every young person training in Cowes. As UKSA is helping to produce the future generation of sailors, this is a huge step forwards ensuring we can be confident that our oceans, coasts and waterways will be in safe hands. Awareness, understanding and then a passion to help create positive change is important, and together UKSA and Final Straw Solent can do this. I am excited about this partnership.”

Back of 'The Final Straw' campaign t-shirt

Our Commitment

Final Straw Solent founder Bianca Carr is delighted to be partnering with UKSA and said: “Final Straw Solent is a non-profit environmental organisation that works with businesses and communities to raise awareness of plastic pollution in the oceans and to encourage positive behaviours to help our environment and ocean health. Partnering with UKSA is an amazing opportunity to reach young sailors.

Ben Willows concluded: “Both organisations believe that a determined and long-standing commitment to sustainability will result in a real difference to the health of our oceans and we hope that through this partnership we can push ocean health to the top of everyone’s agenda. Our ultimate goal would be to make all generations of sailors into motivated and conscientious guardians of the sea.