SailGP to use Marlow’s eco-conscious rope range
Global sailing league SailGP has announced a collaboration with high-performance rope manufacturer Marlow Ropes. Said to produce some of the most environmentally responsible ropes on the market, Marlow will serve as Official Rope Supplier and will feature onboard SailGP’s race boats through to 2022.
“Not only is Marlow Ropes an industry leader, but they share our passion for sustainable innovation,” says SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts. “Their products provide the impeccable quality needed to help power our race boats, and they are achieving that in an environmentally responsible manner. This is a key part of the marine industry’s future and we’re proud to help promote the acceleration of change through this important partnership.”
Over the last two years, Marlow has been pushing for greater change in the rope industry and to improve its manufacturing process, focusing on sourcing sustainable and bio-based materials, reducing waste and lowering its carbon footprint.
Marlow Ropes will supply SailGP with high-performance lines from its new eco-conscious ranges, including the bio-based Dyneema® fibre for use onboard the high-speed F50 foiling catamarans and Blue Ocean® dock lines made from 100 percent recycled waste from plastic bottles for use when docking.
Known as the world’s strongest and lightest fibre (five times stronger than steel yet floats on water) Dyneema is used in many of Marlow’s high-performance ropes. Bio-based Dyneema fibre has identical technical characteristics and performance as conventional Dyneema, but has a reduced reliance on fossil fuels, using feedstock from waste in the pulp and timber industry as its primary raw material.
Marlow’s Blue Ocean dock lines provide an eco-alternative to standard polyester ropes, while still offering the expected strength and stretch performance. The rope is made from yarn manufactured from recycled waste plastic bottles, with 7.5 bottles incorporated in every metre* of Blue Ocean dock line.
Marlow Leisure Marine Director Paul Honess says: “It is important to us at Marlow that we take responsibility to become more sustainable and we have worked hard over the last couple of years to eliminate plastics from our ranges, lower our carbon footprint and introduce sustainable materials. Over half of our leisure marine range is now made using sustainable materials and we are getting closer to achieving our target of using 100 percent recycled materials by 2030. We are excited to work with SailGP and use its global platform to raise awareness and showcase sustainable solutions in the marine industry and beyond.”
* Based on 16mm diameter