In 2009, approximately 10 per cent of all reported oil pollutions in the River Thames came from boats.
The River Thames is failing European Standards for phosphate levels. Although most of this pollution comes from sewage treatment and agricultural run-off, boaters using non-environmental detergents contribute too. Phospate leads to algae growth and poor river water quality.
Give your boat a green clean
Give your boat a green clean:
- Scrub the outside (especially non-slip decks) with an environmentally-friendly phosphate-free or low-phosphate cleaner, available from many large supermarkets.
- Remove any leaves or debris from drain holes and air vents.
- Apply a coat of wax to GRP or steel, and clean and polish all metal fittings.
You can find a list of environmentally-friendly cleaners on the Green Blue website, which has lots of advice and information to help you think and act in an environmentally conscious way.