Seabin, Seabin, in the water …

You have probably heard of the Seabin. This automated marina rubbish bin that collects floating rubbish, debris and oil 24/7.

We had a little chat to Co-Founder Pete and learned more about the amazing project. Their IndieGoGo – campaign has 7 days left, so you know what to do with your Xmas boredom and earn some last Karma points for the year…

And don’t forget to convince your whole family to grab one of the perks and support a real-world solution against pollution of our oceans. Double Karma Points here!

 

 

So you guys are doing something against trash in the seas, more specifically in marinas.

How did you come up with the idea? Andrew Turton co-founder of Seabin Pty Ltd came up with the idea 8 years ago whilst sitting on a racing yacht in California and Sick of seeing floating pollution in the water of marinas.

How bad is the situation (given that not everyone hangs around marinas very often?) Is that a problem specific to Mallorca? Mediterranean? Or did you see the same situation all over the globe? The situation is the same the world over! But is worse in some places more than others. You may find a floating can from Taiwan in Sydney harbour for example. The Seabins is also a prevention for rubbish entering our oceans from the streets.

 

How does it work? In three simple steps. Solution – Prevention – Education

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.
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.

 

Where does the collected rubbish go? Each Marina has an established recycling system already in place. However we are initiating a system where we will keep certain plastics so that we can create more recycled Seabins from our own captured plastics.

Who should buy the Seabin? Ports, harbours, waterways, private dock owners, yacht clubs, and governments

Why should “normal people” support the project? Because it benefits us all on earth to have cleaner oceans. The ocean is our playground, our source of life, a source of food and for some a source of income.

Where do you see the project in the future? Seabins in every single port around the world. This Seabin model is just the start. This model of Seabin we have named The “Fin” model. It’s the name of my 2-year-old nephew Fin Ceglinski. The next model we will produce will be “Kailani” the 3-year-old daughter of a friend of ours. The names are based on our future generation. This future generation will be our ocean advocates. Part of Seabin projects plans are to work with the schools and educate the kids. This is the ultimate solution to our ocean plastics problem, Education.

What brought you to Mallorca, you are originally from Australia, right? Yeah, Andrew is from the Sunshine coast in QLD and I grew up in the Byron Shire, NSW. Being on the coast all our lives has given us a healthy respect for the ocean.

We were both working for in the yachting industry as boat builders for high level racing teams like The Americas Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and the TP52 Super Series. A lot of the racing and the teams are based in Mallorca. That’s how we found ourselves on a little Spanish island in the Med.

standard Catch SeabinWe are working on the ecoFin project, so we are a few steps further down the waste chain, with focus on up-cycling of marine waste. We are convinced that there are several fields of action against ocean pollution. For instance, …

Avoid: better waste management, waste collection, education, prevent from entering through rivers.

Extract: with projects like Boyan Slats’s CleanUp, or your Seabin Project.

 

What do you think is the most important thing to trigger change? Its four things in total. Awareness, Solution, Prevention and Education.

The awareness has already been established. Its time for action. This is what’s triggering change. Boyan Slat made the world aware of the 5 Gyres by making an action against it.

But the ultimate solution is Education. If we had a better educated world, we wouldn’t have this problem………

 

Thanks a lot!

We wish you the best of luck with your crowdfunding campaign.

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PS: We just chipped in for some Karma points – go ahead here!

 

 

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