A unique ocean-cleaning technology developed by two Australian surfers has caught the attention of investors around the world, quoted from abc.net.au.
Best mates Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski spent much of their childhood in the ocean and, after becoming frustrated at the amount of rubbish floating around, quit their jobs to come up with a sustainable solution.
They came up with an automated rubbish bin for marina docks called the Seabin that many hope could help reduce ocean pollution.
With the help of WA seed investors Shark Mitigation Systems, the duo designed a prototype of the bin in Perth before taking it to market in Mallorca in Spain, a marina capital of Europe.
Mr Turton and Mr Ceglinski are now trying to raise enough capital to turn the prototype into a reality.
The proposal is gaining momentum fast, with crowdfunding raising $50,000 for commercial production, and a video of the Seabin attracting more than 10 million hits online – mostly from European countries.
“We raised $34,000 dollars in three days, it’s kind of snowballing now,” Mr Ceglinski said.
Built from recycled materials, the Seabin is fixed to a dock with water pump running on shore power.
The pump creates a flow of water that sucks all floating rubbish and debris into a natural fibre bag, before pumping the water back out.
It catches everything floating from plastic bottles to paper, oils, fuel and detergent.
Seabin spokesman Richard Talmage said the concept was simple but effective.
“It essentially works as a similar concept to a skimmer box from your pool filter. But it’s designed on a scale to work and essentially attract all that rubbish within a location within a marine harbour,” he said.
Mr Ceglinski said marinas, ports and yacht clubs were the ideal place to start cleaning up the ocean because they combined high levels of human activity with oil and fuel pollution.
“The Seabin is more efficient than a marine worker walking around with a scoop net,” Mr Ceglinski said.
It is hoped the invention will prevent toxic materials from floating out into the open ocean where they can degrade and be eaten by marine life.
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This piece was originally publish on abc.net.au / Author: Laura Gartry