The great garbage patches in our oceans are a testament to how desperately we need to clean up our act. Larger pieces of plastic break down into microplastics that have even been found in marine animals’ stomachs that are smaller than your pinkie finger. Sea life is choking on plastic bags, recyclable soda cans, and other refuse that simply should never make it out to sea, or into our rivers, lake and streams.
Americans are notoriously culpable for this trash, using over 100 billion plastic bags, which required 12 million barrels of oil to produce, every year. One trillion plastic bags are used annually worldwide. Fortunately, the folks over at the Seabin Project plan to clean up the ocean waters – one marina at a time.
Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski are sea-loving surfers who have developed a water-level trashcan that can catch pollution at the shoreline before it makes its ways into our lakes, rivers and oceans. The device looks much like an industrial strength swimming pool cleaner that attaches to a marina pier and sits just below the water line to pick up plastic bottles, bags, and even floating fuel, before they can further contaminate our waterways.
Larger debris and liquids are sucked into a bin where a natural fiber filter ‘cleans’ the water and releases it back into the marina. Users of the Seabin can then dispose or recycle of the pollution in a way that doesn’t harm the marine ecosystem.
The water taken into the Seabin is continually pumped through a pipe into a device that separates oil, fuel, and other liquids before returning the water back into nature. After four years of testing the Seabin, the devices have never caught a single fish or harmed any wildlife. The founders are currently working with a marine biologist to ensure that microscopic sea life is not harmed.
Turton and Ceglinski recently raised $268,000 in a a successful Indiegogo campaign to bring their product to market. They plan to have the first Seabins ready for delivery next month.
Yacht clubs and large marinas, as well government organizations and agencies focused on environmental protection, could easily afford the device, priced at $3,800 each.
You can see the Seabin Project in action in the video below:
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Christina Sarich is a writer, musician, yogi, and humanitarian with an expansive repertoire. Her thousands of articles can be found all over the Internet, and her insights also appear in magazines as diverse as Weston A. Price, Nexus, Atlantis Rising, and the Cuyamungue Institute, among others. She was recently a featured author in the Journal, “Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and Healing Arts,” and her commentary on healing, ascension, and human potential inform a large body of the alternative news lexicon. She has been invited to appear on numerous radio shows, including Health Conspiracy Radio, Dr. Gregory Smith’s Show, and dozens more. The second edition of her book, Pharma Sutra, will be released soon.
by Christina Sarich