Sea garbage’s days may be numbered, thanks to a new invention by a pair of Australians, Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski. The Seabin Project is one being funded by Indiegogo and revolves around a floating trash receptacle. Able to suck everything floating in its vicinity into its natural fiber bag, from paper to plastic to fuel, the Seabin is an ocean vacuum that promises to clean up a lot of the mess we’ve made over the years. And this maritime maid won’t even ask for a break – she can work without pause.
The Seabin is connected by pipes to a shore-based water pump. The collected waste is filtered – that includes oil being separated out – and the newly clean water is pumped back into the ocean.
The most strategic place for a Seabin to work most effectively is at a marina or port, where heavy boat activity, as well as water currents, cause debris to accumulate near the docks.
The location at harbor also allows a person to change the Seabin’s bag when it starts to overflow with oversize trash. It was designed small and light so that this task would be one-man job.
“One of our goals is to make the Seabin from our own plastics to create another Seabin to capture more. It’s a domino effect,” say Turton and Ceglinski. “The second goal is to create a world where we don’t need the Seabins. Imagine that…”
This new technology can only be praised. The Seabin is a cheaper, lower maintenance answer to trash boats, also a 2015 innovation. It lends hope to the idea that we can have pristine waters again – as long as we do our part to not let history repeat itself by muddying them.
The eco-friendly Australians aim to start selling and shipping their Seabins internationally as early as mid-2016. The Middle East has seen its fair share of sea pollution – will it be a leader in addressing the problems of its past by supporting the Seabin Project?
Photo of the Seabin and its creators from gizmag.com