I remember my first week as a Stewardess, I was given a huge cleaning caddy of every product known to mankind (or so I thought) & told to memorize what all of the items were used for. While it was great to focus on housekeeping & detailing, I was pretty shocked at the intense warnings listed on every bottle. During my first week, I was instructed to use a brass cleaner that was so abrasive, I was handed a fan to keep the smell under control.
Surely a yacht with a multi million dollar interior deserves to be cared for with products that are natural & safe?
After my first season, I noticed the skin under my nails had peeled off, leaving my finger tips raw. This left me feeling so strongly that there must be better options out there. While I knew I was a Junior Stewardess & had such minimal knowledge, I decided to start educating myself of more eco-friendly products. Quite honestly, as stewardesses we shouldn’t have to work with products that could harm us. Simply put, it’s time we look more in-depth into what we are using to clean with, and make a more concise effort to look after ourselves, the interior & ultimately the environment.
Making The Switch
In 2014, I was fortunate enough to work onboard a vessel with a young family, including a gorgeous newborn! With the little one onboard, management asked the entire crew to make a change to Eco-friendly products, so I contacted Environmental Yacht Services. Shelia, the Owner of EYS came onboard, went through every product that we were using at the time and created a detailed proposal of recommended changes. It was a breath of fresh air to have someone come onboard who was so knowledgeable about various delicate surfaces & the consistent upkeep that was required. (This is NOT a sponsored post by the way, I am just really passionate about this topic & wanted to share what has worked for me in the past.)
If you haven’t looked at their website yet, I highly recommend taking a look as they list all of their available products. It is also a great starting point for education! eyservices.com They completely understand that not every yacht has a huge budget, so will work with you to meet your needs, whatever they may be.
Whilst thinking about green products, I also wanted to ask The Yacht Stew community to share their top Green Products.
What ACTUALLY works?
A lovely stew asked me what products stews were using in the showers onbaord, so below is a list of the most recommended products as determined by YOU!
- Eco Works Products
- Vinegar & Water
- Isoprophy alcohol & water
- Method Products
I’ve also started a Pinterest board dedicated to Eco-Friendly products & simple ways to makes changes around the Interior. Click HERE to check it out!
How have you made an effort to look after the yachts interior through Eco Friendly products? Let me know your suggestions in the comments below!