Earlier this year, on a beautiful summer's day at my local beach, I was coming back in from a swim with the camera. As I approached the showers to give the camera a rinse, this guy came up and started asking questions about the rather large and bright orange Salty Water Housing I was using and what I was shooting with it.
We were frothing about cameras for a while and then we introduced ourselves. Pete had recently returned to Australia after developing the Seabin Project in Spain. I hadn't heard about it before but he basically said "if you can have a rubbish bin on land, why not have one in the water!"
A few months later I was totally stoked to have the opportunity to help Pete install the first Seabin in Australia! Yew!
A Seabin is a floating rubbish bin that is located in the water at marinas, docks, yacht clubs and commercial ports. The Seabin moves up and down with the range of tide collecting all floating rubbish.
After installing the Seabin and leaving it operating overnight, I was shocked to return the next morning and discover it had collected more than 10kg of debris and plastic from Darling Harbour!
It won't solve the problem of plastics in our oceans, but it's a good start and it does spark a conversation about the issue of single use plastics.
It will be great to see it written into legislation for marinas and ports around the world, to have Seabin operating and removing ocean plastics 24/7.
This is a short video, documenting Australia's first Seabin!
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