Two Australian surfers are on a mission to capture debris and waste floating in ocean waters.
Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski developed a water-filtering system called the Seabin that can be used in marinas and ports to capture plastic, paper, oil, fuel, detergent and other garbage, ‘Drinkable Book' Could Provide Clean Water To The Masses
The Seabin is essentially a big chrome waste bin with a natural fiber bag liner. It's partially submerged in the water, with its rim sitting just about even with the surface. A water pump connected to the bin sucks water and any pollution it carries into the bin.
The liner catches the garbage, while the water drains through a pipe at the bottom and is forced through an oil-water filter. Clean water is then sent back into the ocean.
The surfers hope to recycle some of the materials captured by the prototype Seabin to manufacturer additional Seabins, which will snag more materials from waters and create a domino effect.
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In the meantime, Turton and Ceglinski have launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund their initiative. They're offering Seabins for $3,825, with an expected delivery of November 2016.
This pledge will grant a backer "ocean ambassador" status, but there are also many other levels of donations, starting as low as $2.
Watch the video for the story behind Seabin.