ONESAILS GBR saves over 250 sails from landfill after joining Clean Sailors' ReSail platform

ONESAILS GBR saves over 250 sails from landfill after joining Clean Sailors' ReSail platform


Since partnering with Clean Sailors' ReSail platform in March 2023, OneSails GBR (East) has recycled, re-used, and repurposed over 250 old and unwanted sails.

Founded by not-for-profit organisation Clean Sailors in 2020, ReSail helps tackle the issue of old sails ending up in landfill*.  OneSails signed up to the global ReSail ‘drop off’ platform in March 2023 to collect old and end-of-life sail materials.

John Parker from OneSails GBR (East) said, “We joined ReSail to help create a circular economy in sail-making, where old sails avoid landfill and are recycled, repurposed or re-used.  To be honest, we didn’t know whether it would strike a chord with people, but the response has been fantastic.  Over 250 sails in less than a year shows sailors are conscious of their environmental impact and want to reduce their waste.  We have now started collecting old rope as well as sails, and we’ve found interesting and creative ways to find new uses for both.”


Resulting from the success of the ReSail scheme, OneSails has formed a partnership with a local charity named Suffolk At Play.  The charity takes its ‘Scrapstore PlayPods’ filled with loose parts (tyres, pallets, rope, and other recycled items) into schools to encourage children to use their imagination at play time.  The charity also offers training sessions for educational settings and it has now expanded its offering to Bristol in addition to its Suffolk network.


Holly Manvell, founder of Clean Sailors, commented, “OneSails’ results show the will of consumers to reduce waste and the need for the marine industry to create opportunities to fulfil that demand.  As shown by OneSails, the ReSail scheme is a simple and effective way of making a difference in the global fight against marine waste.”