Seabin Project’s “Whole Solution” proposal for Ocean Conservation and Sustainability
“Approximately 10–20 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans each year. A recent study conservatively estimated that 5.25 trillion plastic particles weighing a total of 268,940 tons are currently floating in the world’s oceans. This plastic debris results in an estimated $13 billion a year in losses from damage to marine ecosystems, including financial losses to fisheries and tourism as well as time spent cleaning beaches. Animals such as seabirds, whales, and dolphins can become entangled in plastic matter, and floating plastic items—such as discarded nets, docks, and boats—can transport microbes, algae, invertebrates, and fish into non-native regions, affecting the local ecosystems.” – Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Lags – Worldwatch Institute.
Without healthy oceans, there is no life. Oceans are the life blood of our planet and humankind and it is in our best interest to keep them clean. Our oceans cover nearly two-thirds of the Earth’s surface, and hold 97% of the planet’s water. Oceans produce more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere and absorb the majority of (anthropogenic) carbon emissions we produce. They are a major source of food and house of over 230,000 known species. Oceans are a major means of global transportation of goods and located within the coastlines are communities, tourist attractions and activities that all depend on healthy oceans. Who wants to swim in polluted waters?
OCEAN SUSTAINABILITY IS IN DANGER
We are devoted to helping solving the sustainability issues of our oceans and environment. Seabin Project is a clean tech startup with offices in Australia and Europe on a simple and ambitious mission: To help solve the global problem of ocean plastic pollution and ocean conservation. Seabin Project develops innovative upstream solutions for cleaner and more sustainable marinas, ports, rivers, public waterways and ultimately, our oceans. Seabin technologies have the potential to catch mismanaged waste such as macro and micro-plastic debris, and micro fibers before they have the chance to reach the ocean. Seabin Project does much more than concentrate on technology, Seabin Project acknowledge that using Science, Technology, Education and Community plus more is a step towards a whole solution.
With our first product, a floating bin called the Seabin V5, we are currently tackling ocean plastic pollution head on starting with marinas, ports and yacht clubs. Why focus on the marinas, ports and yacht clubs? Because these locations are semi controlled environments with no major ocean storms and with services and maintenance available 24/7. With a rising production and consumption of plastic, 322 Million Tons in 2015, marinas and ports are major hotspots where mismanaged litter may enter from land to water. Moreover, the Seabin Project aim to work with maritime entities to achieve their sustainability and sustainable development goals. A clear example comes from one of our first pilot partners: Port Adriano in Palma de Mallorca. Porto Adriano has committed to extensive sustainability practices and was awarded in September 2017 with the “Tourism Award of the Balearic Islands” award in conjunction with the Seabin Project partnership for excellence in corporate responsibility.
Seabin Project and the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Seabin Project’s goals are in line with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). More specifically, with our Whole Solution strategy based on Science & Research programs, Innovative Technologies, Educational Programs and Community Activation, we are actively supporting these following SDG goals:
Seabin Project believes the 17th commitment is key in order to fight ocean plastic pollution and achieve cleaner, healthier and ocean conservation. Seabin is currently reaching out to corporations, governments, non-profits and environmental agencies to establish partnerships and dynamic collaborations aimed at increasing tangible, practical and measureable positive impact tackling ocean plastic pollution.
Seabin V5, our first product:
The Seabin V5, is a floating garbage bin, which acts as a trash skimmer (SEO) and debris interceptor that is located in the water at marinas, ports and yacht clubs. By pumping water into the device, the Seabin V5 can intercept: floating debris, macro and micro plastics and micro fibers (a recent development). By acting as a trash skimmer, the Seabin V5 is also able to clean the water from contaminated organic material (leaves, seaweed, etc…).
The Seabin V5 is equipped with oil absorbent pads able to absorb petroleum based surface oils and detergent predominant in most marinas around the world.
*(except pump & motor)
What the Seabins V5 are catching around the world:
Seabin Project’s “Whole Solution”:
The Seabins are not the solution to plastic pollution. We believe that a real solution lies in Education, Science and Systematic change. From packaging producers, environmental regulators and to the final consumers; everybody along this chain can play a role and has the possibility, the potential, and the responsibility to be part of the solution. Our approach is simple:
- Seabins are used in the water to collect and reduce the amount of mismanaged debris that enters from the land to into the ocean.
- Science & Research programs are used to understand and expand the knowledge of the consequences of ocean plastic pollution affecting the flora, fauna and human health
- Education programs to create awareness around the issue and promote a more conscious and sustainable consumer behavior to the younger generations.
- Community participation to involve all members of the public with activities contributing to a solution for ocean plastic pollution.
- Industry participation is encouraged, because it’s a lot quicker and more effective to find a solution to a common goal than to fight against each other.
- Legislation and lobbying, because support, change and reform is needed for the world we live in today.
Seabin Project’s Science & Research programs, Education programs and Community participation:
Seabin Project’s Science and Research programs take advantage of the global network of Seabins that are currently present around the world and contribute to the understanding of the issue of marine pollution by generating a global database that will inform the public, relevant stakeholders, governments and communities about the status of their coastlines and water bodies. Seabin will also take every opportunity possible to develop new ways in which we can remove more plastics from our oceans and achieve ocean conservation and sustainability.
For example, a recent study to determine if the Seabins could be used as a monitoring method for micro plastics has resulted in the re-engineering of our catch-bag to collect micro fibers. Collaboration, partnerships and alliances with key institutions is key for the success of our programs. Furthermore, the Seabin Project does not wish to do more harm than good! Our goal is to detect any possible negative impact to the environment arising from the use of our technology and if any negative impact occurs, then active measures will be taken to ensure the best possible outcome.
Turning the tap off on land is necessary to avoid any more plastic entering our oceans. Our Education programs play a crucial role within the “whole solution strategy” in the reduction of the amount of plastic entering our oceans. We have designed and are constantly upgrading an educational program to be used in schools or with any other youth groups in the aim of teaching the future stewards of our planet about the current situation of our oceans in regard to plastic pollution and to show them ways of how to reduce their plastic footprint. Encouraging their ingenuity and creative minds to take action and find solutions is an effective means to solving the problem of ocean plastic pollution.
The Seabin Project and Circular Economy:
At Seabin Project, our near term goal is to be a key player in the the concept of a circular economy for plastics. Using the Seabins to capture waste and then forming strategic partnerships and alliances will help ensure we can meet our objectives.
For cleaner oceans.