Location: La Grande Motte, France
The rising pollution in the oceans has tremendous direct and indirect effects on living beings. According to recent statistics the ocean is filled with approximately 245,000 tons of trash. Plastic debris doesn’t decompose so it stays in the oceans for years. This trash has deadly consequences for seabirds, fish, and marine animals as they swallow it thinking its food. This has further consequence for humans consuming marine products such as cancer, birth defects and other long term health problems. However, a new invention called The Seabin Project can help tackle this problem, one port at a time.
Founders and best friends – Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski had been surfers all their lives. After noticing the increasing amount of trash floating around in the ocean, they quit their jobs to create an ecological solution: The Seabin Project. The Seabin is a simple floating trash bin made up of recycled polyethylene plastic, which means it is itself sustainable. The bin is hooked onto the quay, and a water pump sucks the water and the trash in from the surface where most debris is floating. All the rubbish is strained out using a natural fiber bag, and cleaner water is then pumped out. The Seabin can then be emptied like a regular trash can, and the plastic can be recycled to make more Seabins.
Seabin was successfully funded through Indiegogo in January 2016, and their goal is to have production in place and start shipping by the end of the year. They aim to support local economies with the manufacture and installation of the Seabins globally. In addition, Seabin is also working to spread knowledge about how to be more conscientious in the use and scrapping of plastic. They are working with a few collaborators such as The Mediterranean city of La Grande Motte in France that has agreed to help in the development of this technology. Additionally, they have joined hands with Poralu Marine, a French industrial global leader of aluminum facilities for marinas to manufacture the Seabins. With The Seabin Project, Andrew and Pete want to help rid the ocean of plastics and pollution, but they hope to go beyond this to help realize a world where something like The Seabin Project is not required at all.
Environmental impact: Reduced ocean pollution, avoided Co2 emissions, avoided water contamination, reduced water pollution
Measurement: The Seabin Project