‘If we can have rubbish bins on land, why not have them in the ocean?’
This was the question that Australian surfers and ocean lovers Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinksi asked themselves a few years ago. So passionate about their idea, the forward-thinking surfers quit their jobs and developed the ‘Seabin’.
The Seabin looks a lot like a ‘land’ bin, but it is anchored in a port, marina, river, lake or any other calm water location. The opening of the Seabin sits level with the top of the water. A pump inside sucks water down into the bin, where a big filter (that looks a lot like a bin liner) traps rubbish and lets the water pass through.
Whilst caring intensley about their product, Andrew and Pete are also passionate in their belief that education is a vital part of their mission to clean up and preserve the world’s oceans. Every person who understands the importance of disposing of rubbish properly is one less ‘source’ of marine pollution.
‘There is no such thing as “away”. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.’ – Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, and writer of the film ‘The Story of Stuff’.