After a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2016, a floating vacuum to try curve ocean pollution is sucking up thousands of kilograms of litter around the world.
The Seabin is an ocean trashcan that literally sucks up rubbish and marines and bays. The device can collect up 20 kilograms of trash.
Grouped together these devices are salvaging half a ton of garbage every year – and because fish are discouraged from approaching the Seabin due to the sound of its water pump motor, it causes zero harm to marine life.
The Seabin Project was propelled by two Australian surfers who were tired of seeing trash in the ocean. After they developed the eco-friendly contraption, they managed to raise over $250,000 on their Indiegogo page to finance manufacturing – and now, these rubbish suckers are being placed all over the globe. The organization says that they have 35 sponsored Seabins that are being launched in 25 different countries.
Hopefully, South Africa joins this list of countries, supporting this great initiative.
“We realize the Seabin is not going to be the answer to all our marine debris problems, but it is a great local solution for this area,” the city’s waste education officer, Nicki Ledger, told ABC News. “We have such a healthy marina — we have bait fish, seahorses, green sea turtles, we get seals and dolphins coming in as well — so it’s just imperative that we keep a healthy environment for these animals so they keep coming in to visit.”
If you would like to pre-order your own Seabin for your local marine life, you can visit The Seabin Project’s website.
(WATCH the 2015 Seabin crowdfunding promo below) – Photo by Seabin