Next time you’re down at the beach getting salty please bring your awareness to your surrounds. Look down at your feet or along the ocean surface. It’s a sad fact that you will most likely find plastic in many forms. From toothbrushes to plastic bags it’s all there, and for an average of 450 years if it’s a plastic bottle. We at The Sea Creative are ocean lovers having surfed, swam & immersed ourselves in all its beauty from the moment we began to crawl. So naturally, when we see our playground being trashed, there is an urge to spread the word about ocean conservation and help prevent this.
It has been refreshing to watch the progress of two Australian surfers, Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski taking action with their solution the Sea Bin Project for cleaner oceans. The best mate duo 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.
The Sea Bin concept is essentially a bin with a recycled plastic meshing bag that sits on the ocean surface, its water pump sucking any junk that falls in its path. It Collects plastic, rubbish, detergent and even oil floating on the surface. In the short term, the crew at Sea Bin are hoping to build the bins completely from the plastic waste they have collected. This would produce a ripple effect allowing the number of units to increase exponentially. There is also a vision to eventually run the bins from clean renewable energy by utilizing solar, wind & hydro technology.
A direct result of the Sea Bin project is that it can help us & future generations enjoy a cleaner ocean, which leads to us eating healthier fish that are not loaded up with mercury. Our ocean can continue to thrive, and what many humans may not know is that approximately 70% of the oxygen in our atmosphere (the stuff that we earthlings require to breathe and live) is produced by marine plants – while rainforests are responsible for roughly 28%. We simply cannot survive without a healthy Ocean, unless we all move to Mars… we’d rather live on Earth 🙂
The visibility of rubbish being collected also imprints an image in the mind of passers-by. This will hopefully influence them to find cleaner biodegradable alternatives to plastic and educate others. Ultimately the final goal for the Sea Bin project crew is to see a pristine & cleaner ocean where Sea Bins are no longer required, a marine sanctuary that future generations can enjoy and seek to protect.