A unique ocean-cleaning technology developed by two Australian surfers brings solution to our oceans pollution.
Surfers and best mates Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, quit their jobs to come up with a sustainable solution - the Seabin. It is a revolution in ocean cleaning technology which will help create cleaner oceans with healthier marine life.
"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," said the team on their Indiegogo page, where their original campaign was 115% funded on January 8, 2016 with $267,667.
And how does it work?
The Seabin is situated at the waters surface and is plumbed into a shore based water pump on the dock. The water gets sucked into the Seabin bringing all floating debris and floating liquids into the Seabin. We catch all the floating debris inside the Seabin and the water then flows out through the bottom of the bin and up into the pump on the dock.
The water then flows through the pump where we have the option of installing an oil/water separator and clean water then flows back into the ocean. This process is constant, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
"Inside the Seabin we have a natural fiber "catch bag" which collects all the floating debris. When this is full or near to full, the marina worker simply changes the catch bag with another one. The collected debris is then disposed of responsibly, the catch bag cleaned and now it is ready to swap again for the full one in the still operating Seabin. We have designed the size of the Seabin and catch bag for safe working load for one person to safely change the catch bag. If the Seabin is full it still works. The flow of the water simply pulls all the surrounding floating debris against the Seabin and keeps it there. The marina worker would simply scoop up the surrounding debris and then change the catch bag as normal."
But their goal isn't just helping to rid the oceans of plastics and pollution. They will also setup educational programs for students in schools and convert our captured plastics into energy. Good luck with all that guys!