Prototyping the Future: Use the Seabin to Clean the Seabed
March 4, 2016

Two Australian surfers have made waves amongst environmentalists  with their latest innovation, which brings clarity to form with a solution to dealing with human shallowness. Introducing the Seabin.

Designed for operation in shallow waters where trash is more visible, the Seabin uses a discrete but desperately needed method of filtering out residual waste. 


The method is simple: a suction system draws water into the bin to trap the trash in the process, putting into effect a simple and cost-efficient method through a cleansing mechanism and eye-opener to how one industrious solution can speak volumes.   

Using the same means of water filtration that is being put to use on a much larger scale with the Ocean Cleanup Project – a project which is aiming to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – the Seabin is ideal for use in ports, marinas and beach areas, and doesn’t only suck up trash, but also reduces oil levels in the water significantly.

The plankton-friendly device also feeds into a much-needed effort on an international scale, and will ideally will be put to use on Lebanon’s hopeless mediterranean stretch and is the brainchild of two Australian surfers who had grown weary from having to wade through floating rubbish while out catching the curl.

A fluid filtering system is applicable to contained water environments, where the likelihood of strong currents and ocean storms obstructing the process is close to minimal. And it works with a sense of humility by cleaning after inconsiderate humans, by literally sucking up the trash that would have aggregated as a result.  


While the Seabin works on a seemingly micro-level, its small-scale contributions have a wide reach, and in the collective sense could perform miracles for our ailing planet. As yet, the fluid-thinking innovation remains in prototype form, but we can expect it to become a mainstream affair through the acceleration and crowdsourcing efforts of Indiegogo, with shipping scheduled to happen as early as November 2016. 

Click on this link to watch the pitch video.  

by Ghassan Khayyat
Ghassan was tuned into the writing world on a transistor radio-wave of an unbeknownst frequency, once upon a daydream dreary. With a firm belief in Dr. Seussims and all things gadget and gizmo-tronic, he tinkers before he speaks, and chooses his words technologically. He is Editor for T3 Middle East’s Levant English publication and English website, and Associated Editor for the GCC English publication. Reach him at 
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