A small device designed by two friends to catch floating rubbish and oil in harbours and waterways has garnered a wave of support on social media and a crowdfunding site.
The Seabin Project, created by Australian surfers Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, has raised more than $100,000 on crowdfunding site Indiegogo, with the pair hoping to raise more than double that.
The Seabin sits in marinas, drawing water into the device through a plumbing system that is attached to a shore-based pump, catching plastic, fishing line and oil in the process, while filtering out clean water.
‘By working with these marinas, ports and yacht clubs we can locate the seabin in the perfect place and mother nature brings us the rubbish to catch it. Sure we can’t catch everything right now but it’s a really positive start,’ their crowdfunding message states.