Seabin Project: Spooking Garbage Right Out of the Ocean

Hey gang! How are we doin’ on this most spooktacular Green Tip Tuesday to have ever existed? We are doin’ mighty fine in these parts as the first signs of winter have arrived and one of the most fun events of the year is upon us. Tonight at 7:00 pm, live on Trinity Campus at UVM, is @UVMSSC ‘s very own Dawn of the Shred: The Conjibbing. Now Dawn of the Shred is hands down one of the most fun events of the year so be sure to trick-or-treat your way down there and watch some of East Coast’s Finest get rad.

Alrighty, this week we’re getting into some more salt water action with a little device that is going to scare garbage straight out of our oceans. The Seabin Project is on a mission to save our oceans one marina at a time with a unique cleaning mechanism revolutionizing how we can collect garbage in aquatic environments. Using what is essentially a 5 gallon bucket, a water pump, and a catch net, the founders of this device were able to create a practice to make our waterways cleaner and do it on a cheaper scale.

The Seabins are mostly used in waterways like marinas that are controlled and calmer environments and are physically attached to structures so they aren’t free floating. This way you can choose natural currents and hotspots for maximum efficiency. As small as they are, the Seabin is actually able to collect about 15 kgs a day, so no one else has to do the math, that’s about 30 lbs of trash and debris, per day. An at a cost of one dollar a day to run the machine it seems like a no brainer to me. You can literally pay $365 dollars a year to remove just about 11,000 lbs of trash out of the water.

One of the coolest aspects of the Seabin is the fact that it’s composed of about 80% recycled material, really stickin’ it to the man about reducing plastic use. Another super cool feature about this super bucket is that it has different catch attachments that allow you to specify what you want to extract out of the water. This mean you can filter out debris like plastic, but you can also have the ability to soak up oils and other pollutants of that natural in the area you’ve placed your device.

Finally, the Seabin is an awesome example of thinking globally and acting locally, addressing the problem wear it stems and trying to stop it at the source.

That’s it for this week everyone, thanks for reading in! We’ll see you at the Dawn of the Shred!