When it comes to cleaning up our oceans, no effort is too small. Whether it’s picking up a discarded fishing net or a large scale cleanup endeavor, every effort has a major impact.
With that, Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, two Australian surfers had an idea. Being surfers, a great deal of their time was spent in the water, where floating plastics and other garbage were all too present. Enter: The Seabin Project.
The Seabin Project
The Seabin has been designed to work like a surface vacuum, sucking in trash and other foreign debris. It can even remove oil and detergents from water. Due to its surface design, the device only removes items that aren’t supposed to be there.
The device can be installed directly to a dock. While plumbed to a water pump on shore, the Seabin sits flush with the water’s surface and continually sucks in unwanted pollutants. Inside the bin is a natural fiber bag to catch the debris once removed from the surface. Also an option, the water that flows in with debris can be pumped through an oil-water separator. After this process, the newly cleaned water will be flushed back to the ocean. This is certainly no ordinary bucket. Here’s a highly technical diagram of what the Seabin can do:
When first announced, the project was met with some confusion from the masses. Comments were posted to social media noting the size of the device compared to our vast oceans. It turns out, the Seabin’s size and function is what makes it unique and will make it successful.
The Seabin has been designed for coastal areas that experience high human traffic such as marinas, yacht clubs, and ports. These areas offer some shelter from the high winds and rough surf further out to sea, making the Seabin more functional.
Stopping a problem at its source, the Seabin can catch foreign materials before they drift out to sea. The project was launched on Indiegogo to raise funds to build the devices commercially. With an initial fundraising goal of $230,000, the project has been funded 115% at the time of writing. Shipping of the devices is currently planned to begin in November, 2016.