Floating bottles and plastic bags are a familiar sight in oceans around the world Seabin Project is working on an inventive solution to save the ocean.
Plastic pollution in our oceans is a serious issue. It affects marine wildlife like whales and lobsters and is so persistent that some of these ‘gyres’ have formed their own ecosystems.
Plastic pollution comes in all shapes and sizes. Larger pieces make up the Eastern Garbage Patch, a floating whirlpool of trash in the Pacific oceans that’s about the size of Texas. Smaller pieceslike the microbeads in your toothpaste and cosmetics—are choking hundreds of different marine species.
But these bits of plastic contaminating the oceans have to come in from somewhere, and often it comes from human activities along the shoreline. To tackle the problem at these entry points, two Australian Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski has invented something similar to an automated pool cleaner but for marinas, harbours, ports and even inland waters like rivers and lakes that sucks up garbage, while filtering out the water. They’re calling it the Seabin.
Recently La Grande Motte, Porto Montenegro MNE Port Adriano and Wärtsilä Corporation joined with The Seabin Projet to support them.