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Texas Composting Council Steering Committee Members, New Earth, Composts Organics for World Sailing Event

New Earth San Antonio helped the Youth Sailing World Championships achieve Platinum Level sustainability certification by providing organic recycling.

Corpus Christi, TX hosted 66 countries participating in the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships, July 14-21. This year’s theme was focused on sustainability and ocean conversation. In partnership with STAR Compost Council Steering Members, New Earth, the event centered around the goal of achieving the Platinum Level sustainability award for Clean Regattas from Sailors For the Sea.

This was the first time World Sailing has included an environmental focus. Elizabeth Kratzig, Green Team Co-Chair for the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships, said, “We are excited to be the benchmark event for all future World Sailing events. The metrics taken from this regatta will be used as a point of reference to improve on. We are hoping to set a high standard.”

Official composter for the event, New Earth, expected to collect four tons of organic waste over the course of the eight-day event. The collected organics will be used to create reusable organic products. The event provided alternative compostable items such as plates made from sugar cane, cups made from cornstarch, and non-vinyl material for all event banners while eliminating all single-use plastic items. New Earth president, Russell Faldik, said, “New Earth is excited to be on the world stage for the second time after working on Super Bowl LI last year and now in Corpus Christi with the Youth Sailing World Championship. It is an exciting time for New Earth.”

In addition to composting, the Youth Sailing World Championships aimed to “leave a sustainability event plan for the city of Corpus Christi and educate the Texas community in general about more environmentally friendly habits” Kratzig said.

The final sailing event was held Friday, July 21 with the medal ceremony that evening.

Article by guest host Alexa Saavedra

New Earth Communications and Marketing Intern