As we’ve mentioned before, there’s huge continents of plastic trash swirling around the Pacific, while oil, detergents and industrial pollution wreaks havoc all over the world. However, two Australian surfers have developed the Seabin, a simple filtration system that could significantly reduce pollution in harbors and marinas — they’re crowdfunding it now on Indiegogo and have already surpassed their goal!
Here’s how it works:
The Seabin is made from recycled materials and can be installed on any floating dock. A water pump sucks in floating trash and filters it through a removable mesh bag. It also has the ability to remove oil and detergents from the water before shooting the clean water back into the ocean. It can run 24 hours a day, and its creators say that in four years of testing they’ve never accidentally caught a fish or marine animal.
Australian surfers Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski devised The Seabin. They’ve been working on a prototype in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for nearly a decade, and now they’re hoping to sell their product to marinas and yacht clubs. Harbors and marinas are relatively controlled environments compared to the open ocean. Normally, they’re cleaned by boats dragging nets through the water and by humans manually skimming the junk that tides pull to the edge of the water. But such net boats run the risk of snagging marine life and adding to ocean pollution.
The Seabin project is modest, especially compared to Dutch inventor Boyan Slat’s massive plan to clean up the world’s oceans. But The Seabin’s designers point out that their product is cheap, simple and nearly ready to ship out. The first batch of Seabins are projected to start shipping by summer.
(featured image via Seabin Project)