Seabin wages war on ocean litter
Reducing the ever-growing amount of plastic and litter in our oceans is something we’ve yet to tackle on a global scale, yet one firm, Seabin is waging it owns war on these pollutants with increasing success.
Launched in Spain in 2015 by boat-builders and surfers Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, their floating rubbish bin sucks in water from the surface, passes it through a ‘catch bag’ inside the device and pumps it back out into the surrounding area, trapping any litter or debris inside, which can then be disposed of properly.
In early 2016, the duo chose France’s Poralu Marina as its industrial partner and distributor and during the following year, they launched a global partner programme with six companies and marinas to test and approve Seabin, educate children and collate data.
Their findings show one Seabin can collect 500kg of waste a year including 83,000 plastic shopping bags, 20,000 plastic bottles and micro-plastics down to 2mm in diameter.
Pete explains: “Every time we install a Seabin we ensure local students are involved in the process. More than 4,000 students in five countries have so far been introduced to Seabin and the issue of ocean pollution.”
Global environmental groups and the United Nations are equally interested in Seabin and last year it won the design award at METSTRADE, tourism sustainability awards at Porto Montenegro and Porto Adriano and the product and service award at Butterfield Bermuda.
In October 2017 the first UK Seabin was installed on the Land Rover BAR team’s pontoon in Plymouth and Pete is hopeful marinas, yacht clubs and commercial ports/docks will follow their lead: “By 2025 it’s estimated the oceans will contain one ton of plastic for every three tons of fish, yet if only half the world’s marinas and ports acquired three Seabins, it would reduce mismanaged ocean waste by 30 million kilograms a year.”
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