Seabin launches share program to combat ocean pollution
April 2018 marks the announcement of Seabin Project’s Share Program – the next step in understanding healthier, pollution free waterways.
The Seabin Share Program is designed to involve leading environmental groups on a common platform to understand and help mitigate ocean pollution through practical and measurable impact solutions. The program enables these groups to evaluate the Seabin technology as a research tool enabling scientists, experts and the team at Seabin Project to collect high quality data to advance in the fight of marine debris.
Seabin Group has partnered with the renowned Dr Jenna Jambeck, who will play a crucial role in the share program to analyse and process the data provided by the program’s members.
The share program partners will:
- take custody of the Seabin units for up to one year
- collect, process and share high quality data
- provide better understanding of the quality of waterways in upstream locations and estimate micro-plastic content in harbours water
- help gather best practices and experiences on the use of a marine debris tracker app and data collection using a citizen science platform
- confirm the use of the Seabin as a data collection sampling device for plastic pollution in the ocean
- advocate for more responsible waste management, disposal practices, and
- implement effective and practical solutions to prevent mismanaged waste from entering our waterways.
The Seabin is a floating rubbish collection device designed to help reduce, and ultimately eliminate pollution in our waterways. A simple concept coupled with an incredibly innovative design issued after two years of research and development has delivered an outcome that will see every Seabin installed remove an estimated one tonne of waste from marine waterways per year.
The Seabins used in the share program will provide the perfect platform to collect data on floating debris in waterways ranging from macro plastics, micro-plastics, oil, surface pollutants and even micro-fibers. The Seabin unit will also act as an ideal scientific monitoring station to contribute to worldwide research in ocean plastic pollution.
Seabins will be loaned to select non-profit groups for a period of six to twelve months, facilitating an ongoing stream of data and critical feedback from around the world, helping to improve the technology in order to strengthen ocean conservation.
Seabin co-founder and CEO Pete Ceglinski is enthusiastic about the roll out of the share program.
“The team and I are extremely excited about the share program, as these are the groups that we look up to and are leaders in the field. It’s our first foray into the environmental conservation world and we really value their knowledge and experience,” Ceglinski says.
“This is the next big step towards the fight [in] ocean plastic pollution; we really need to stop the debris upstream before it makes its way into the water. By broadening our data collection capabilities and engaging other marine experts and organisations, we’re getting a more accurate understanding of the challenge that we all face. We can also concentrate on practical and highly effective solutions to reduce the amount of mismanaged waste entering our oceans,”Ceglinski explains.
“We’re the first to acknowledge that technology alone cannot save our oceans. We’re implementing a holistic business model that includes education, research, development of technologies, engagement of communities and marine-based industries. There is no single solution for marine pollution. It needs to be a team effort.”
So far, interest in the Seabin Share Program is strong. One of the first organisations to get involved in the Seabin Share Program is Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii.
Kahi Pacarro, executive director of Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, says, “At a glance, most of the debris we find on our beaches in Hawaii is from abroad. It would be easy to point the finger and tell other countries and municipalities to clean up their acts, but when we look locally at how we deal with our own trash entering our waterways it’s obvious that we are not much better. Implementing the Seabin Project’s Share Program will allow us to start identifying sources of the debris and tackling the issue further upstream. This approach can allow us to lead by example and encourage others to do the same in hopes of long term health and cleanliness of our beaches.”
The Seabin Share Program will partner with Jenna Jambeck, associate professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia and a leading expert on mismanaged waste, to collect data through their Marine Debris Tracker app and portal.
“An important component for last-chance capture litter devices like Seabin is to collect data to inform upstream solutions. The share program will help the Seabin team add data to their development, allowing us all to better understand, and move faster towards a reduction in the levels of marine pollution currently observed,”Jambeck says.
The Seabin Share Program is an ongoing endeavour. To enquire about the program please visit www.seabinproject.com and contact the team.