Seabin’s Massive Ocean Clean Up

Over 260,000 kilograms of ocean rubbish has been removed from the world’s marinas through a nifty Australian invention.

The Seabin Project was created by Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski who spent four years working on their prototype in Western Australia.

“The idea was to build a sustainable floating garbage bin that could collect water borne plastics and trash 24 hours a day. Over time, the scope of the project evolved into a comprehensive research, technology, and educational initiative with global interest and reach,” founders Turton and Ceglinski say.

Both avid surfers, Ceglinski’s began his career in product design before switching to boat building after becoming disillusioned by designing single use plastic products with short life spans.

His upbringing of surfing , swimming, fishing and diving in Australia combined with design and “hands on” experience led him down the the path of creating the Seabin, an automated floating rubbish bin for water in marinas and commercial docks.

The Seabin can catch approximately 1.5 kg of floating debris per day including micro plastic, from only 2 mm in size and offers a cheaper, automated and ocean-friendly solution to other mechanical or laborious forms of cleaning in marinas.

The Seabin Project is focused on marinas to make maximum impact in removing ocean plastics.

“The marinas, ports and yacht clubs are the perfect place to start helping clean our oceans. There are no huge open ocean swells or storms inside the marinas, its a relatively controlled environment. The wind and currents are constantly moving the floating debris around in our oceans and in every port, marina or yacht club there is always some pollution heavy areas based on the predominant wind and current directions. Therefore it is the perfect place to start make a difference!”

The Australian Good Design Award-winning concept went viral after a crowd funding campaign and these days is manufactured in France. At present, over 800 Seabins are in operation around the world.

Find out more about the incredible work in ocean cleaning and education being completed by The Seabin Project.

Images courtesy of The Seabin Project.