We have been brought up in a society where one knows that rubbish does not belong on the floor, and that it should be thrown into a bin. With that same mentality, rubbish should not be thrown into the sea. However, people do that anyway. The National Geographic found in 2015 that there 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic either floating in the ocean, or sunk in the blue depths. That number is ever rising.
However, several new efforts have begun to try and reduce this number; one of which being the humble seabin. The logic behind it all is very simple; by creating a flow of water, it pumps water into itself whilst collecting the rubbish and debris. The rubbish and debris are then collected in a bag in the bin itself and the filtered water is pumped back into the sea.
So what’s the point of seabins? Seabins collect the nasty bits of rubbish which are hard to pick out manually, such as micro-plastics, marine debris and so on. It also serves to protect marine life from toxic elements whilst also keeping our seas clean, so that marine life and human life can enjoy the most out of the sea. With the implementation of sea-bins across the island, the pressure placed on understaffed and underfunded local councils will be shared whilst making everything more efficient and keeping everyone content.
The locations of the seabin will be diverse. The locations will be released in batches and each one will include different locations all over our gorgeous islands. As each one of these batches gets funded, a new investment will allow for another bin to open in a different location.
We all need to act together to clean our seas and make a change for the next generations to come, so the question you surely must be asking now is – how can I help? Luckily for you, it’s no harder than a few clicks of a button. The environmental NGO Zibel is teaming up with Strand Marine in a crowdfunding campaign to put seabins across the island.
The project has 31 backers so far, which equates to €740, but it’s a far cry from the €5,500 needed to reach the final goal! You can donate to the cause right here.
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