Do you know the most pressing issue being faced by oceans? It is the ever-increasing plastic waste that is piling up in world’s oceans and is threatening the marine life and eventually the ecosystem of oceans. There are many big projects working to take care of this plastic waste, however, today we are going to talk about a bit more local approach to this problem. The Seabin Project is a smaller version and approach to tackling this issue. The idea is to install the Seabin in marinas and ports. You all must be wondering what is Seabin exactly? It is an ocean-friendly trash can that is capable of sucking up plastic waste from its surrounding area and also capable of removing oil from water.
It is the brainchild of two Australian surfers who grew tired of surfing along with floating plastic and rubbish. The Seabin project is a water filtration system that has been designed for environments that are contained. Such environments include ports, yacht clubs and marinas. Working in a contained environment has certain benefits; the gadget doesn’t have to deal with stronger currents and ocean storms! It can work in peace and take care of the pollution in areas where human activity is high.
The gadget is installed on a dock and a shore based water pumped is plumbed into it. The rim sits flush with the water’s surface and the pump sucks water into the bin and brings along with it the trash, oil and detergent. The catch bag is created from natural fiber and is removable – it collects the debris – and the water is then pumped onward to an (optional) separator for separating water and oil. Finally the water is directed back into the ocean.
The team has already come up with a functional prototype and is hoping to manufacture the subsequent units via the plastic that is collected by previously installed units of Seabin. It is running an Indiegogo campaign that has already amassed more than $75,000 of its intended goal of $230,000. Seabin is being offered for an early pledge of $3,825 and shipping has been slated for November 2016. We are really glad that such green initiatives are being thought of and worked upon. We need to fix the damage that we have caused our environment! The Seabin project aims to do that by collecting the plastic waste and then uses this collected plastic for making more units of Seabin.