This Genius Bucket Sucks Trash And Oil Right Out Of The Sea
Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski’s Seabin invention is an ocean-cleaning device so simple and effective, we’re wondering why it took so long.
The water filtration system is much like what you’d find in a fish tank, but it has the potential to clean up an entire ocean:
The Seabin can be installed at any floating dock and is designed to suck up any trash or oil floating nearby in harbors.
The concept is simple: A bucket, as seen in the GIF above, connects to a water pump, sucking in any floating trash inside a removable mesh bag.
There is also an optional oil-water separator system inside the pump. It can remove oil and detergents from the seawater before spitting it back into the ocean — pollution-free — through the other side of the pump.
“It essentially works as a similar concept to a skimmer box from your pool filter,” Richard Talmage, a Seabin spokesman, told Australian news show 9 News.
The Seabin can run 24/7, according to its Indiegogo page. And, amazingly, Turton and Ceglinski say they have never caught a fish or marine animal in their pumps in four years of testing.
The Seabin aims to improve on the traditional — and sometimes expensive — harbor-cleaning methods of having a person physically remove trash from the water or sending boats equipped with nets to collect it.