The ocean is home to countless kinds of flora and fauna. But it’s not just a dwelling to its undersea denizens. Many people find a calling towards the ocean- its crashing waves beckoning like a Siren’s song. The sea is our home too. The greatest of solaces can be plainly found by just listening to its waves and watching the sunset. Yet, we take advantage of the sea and its beaches.

Beaches are natural tourist destinations and party venues. I mean, who doesn’t like to go to the beach and have a spectacular time? So unsurprisingly, it gets messy. Nevertheless, what is surprising is that so many of us still manage to leave our stuff lying around the sand after we’ve left. Then when the tide comes in, it takes whatever is on the sand and it begins to drift towards random places.

But there is a solution to keep the Earth’s waters clean aside from preventive action like anti-littering laws.  Thanks to Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, we now have the “Seabin Project“. Though its design looks plain, it is the next step in pollution-reducing technology!

The Seabin is an automated cylindrical trash bin a few feet in height that gets placed in the ocean to clean up drifting trash. Inside it is a “catch” bag that is made with fibers that filter the incoming water. So what it does exactly is suck rubbish inside the bin and let the water out.  It even sucks in oil and other thick liquids. When the Seabin gets oil though, it separates the water from the oil before letting the water out. Once enough garbage has accumulated, a person can simply lift the Seabin with its built-in pole and empty the contents.

Moreover, in the four years that this invention was in the works, the Seabin has not caught any fish. However, Andrew and Pete are working with a marine biologist to make sure they don’t do anything harmful to microscopic ocean life.

The Seabin Project has received more than $260,000 in funding and now they’re ready to be shipped around the world. Priced at $3,800 each, the Seabins are projected to do small yet significant changes. It is definitely worth every penny.

For the meantime, the Seabins will start in harbors, lakes, ports, yacht clubs, and marinas. Though it is not yet capable of being placed in bigger spaces and cleaning up large portions of trash, who’s to say that Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski won’t give us a new and improved version of the Seabin in a few years? They’ve started small but a big change for the world’s waters is right around the corner.

Watch the video below to learn more about the Seabin project: