Every year 8 million tons of garbage and plastics are dumped into the sea. By 2050, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. Therefore, two young Australian surfers designed an automated rubbish bin to clean up the ocean, bin for bin.
If we keep producing this much plastic waste, trash will outweigh the fish stocks in a few decades. This is what the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation indicates in their new report:
Plastic has become one of the main materials of our economy. Their use has increased to the twentyfold in the past half-century and is expected to double again in the next 20 years. Studies forecasts that the ocean will contain 1 ton of plastic for every 3 tons of fish by 2025, by 2050 there will me more plastic than fish.
To stop this trend or at least, lessen the impact, two young guys designed a water filtering system to help clean the ocean. The Australian surfers Andrew Turon and Pete Ceglinski have built a rubbish bin which catches floating oil, fuel and detergent in the water.
Of course, this won’t be the solution for everything but it is a step in the right direction.
How it works: The Seabin floats on the water surface. With the rim sitting evenly on the surface of the water, the pump sucks water into the Seabin and sucks up all other floating debris and liquids. Then the water flows out through the bottom of the bin and up into the pump on the dock.
The water flows through the pump back into the ocean. Inside the Seabin there is a natural fiber catch bag which collects the garbage. This catch bag can easily exchanged. If the bag is full, the water pushes the waste against the Seabin and keeps it there.
The Seabin is designed for floating docks in the water of for example marines, harbours, ports or other water ways. Moreover, it can be mounted on super yachts or motor yachts.
By now, Andrew and Pete just built a prototype. They try to raise funds to bring the prototype into production. Now Andrew and Pete need your help: and contribute, if you can! Check out www.seabinproject.com and contribute, if you can!