This revolutionary ‘Seabin’ can collect over 80,000 plastic bottles a year from the ocean
It seems preposterous that even now, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, there are still those who refuse to believe that climate change is real, and that it's happening right now.
As sea levels rise, ice caps melt and natural disasters continue to occur with alarming regularity, it is tempting to take the rather gloomy view that it is already too late to curb the inexorable, wilful destruction of our planet.
More worrying still is the notion that the development of solutions and preventative measures to combat environmental concerns has been left largely to those outside governmental authority. Our saviours are not figures of politics, but rather visionaries like Elon Musk, who are anticipating a point in the not-too-distant future when we might have to up sticks and leave planet Earth altogether.
There are a myriad of man-made problems that are having an effect on our planet; our insatiable guzzling of oil and penchant for beef being just two of them. Another huge issue comes in the form of the colossal amount of waste we dump into our oceans everyday.
Existing solutions to ocean pollution have proved somewhat ineffective and rather expensive to run, and learning of this, Australian designers Pete Ceglinski and Andrew Turton became motivated to find a better way of doing things.
They designed a plastic collecting "Seabin", with the aim of combating the ever rising amount of pollutants found in the ocean.
The Seabin has been positioned in Portsmouth Harbour in Britain, and collects and deals with ocean debris including plastic bottles and bags, as well as cigarette stubs and many other waste items.
The bin can hold up to 12kg of waste at capacity, which works out at the equivalent of 83,000 plastic bags, or 20,000 plastic bottles every year.
Making use of a fibre net and a pump, the Seabin can gather debris that has floated to the surface of the ocean, capturing items as small as 2mm.
The Seabin creates a flow of water which passes through the net, capturing pieces of debris on the way through. The debris-free water is then released back into the bay. The pair are bullish about the future impact their invention can have;
“Sure we can’t catch everything right now but it’s a really positive start. It’s a big mission, but it can be done. In fact, we’re doing it right now".
They say that the Seabin is at its best when positioned in harbours or bays, as there is little to no ocean swell or stormy seas to contend with.
Pete Ceglinski and Andrew Turton started by designing a prototype, before utilising crowd funding website Indiegogo to raise the considerable sum of more than $260,000 to make the project commercially viable reality.