The story of a dead Orca washing up on a South African beach with plastic bags, a shoe, yogurt containers, and other rubbish in its stomach is just the most recent indication of a massive global problem. Anyone who visits the beach or voyages in the sea can spot the trouble. Trash is becoming an epidemic in our oceans, and sea life is beginning to show signs of succumbing to its polluting effects. Plastic is the main offender, but derelict fishing gear is another major culprit. With so many people on the planet enjoying the fast food, consumerist lifestyle, our garbage is starting to quite literally choke wildlife out of existence. We need to reverse the trend. But how? We hope these projects will help…
The Seabin Project
The engineers at Seabin have created a mechanized garbage can that traps floating pollutants such as trash, oil, fuel, and detergents. It intended for floating docks in the water of marinas, private pontoons, inland waterways, residential lakes, harbors, waterways, ports and yacht clubs. The Seabin can even be fitted to super yachts and motor yachts! At present they have a perfectly working prototype and need the help of Indiegogo and supporters to set up a production of the Seabins to be built a sustainable and responsible way.
Whenever you identify a problem, such as a disease, you try to find why it occurred. Go to the source. That’s what the good people at ocean conservancy are doing. To clean up the world’s oceans, we need to go to the source, which is us. The Ocean conservancy mobilizes the International Coastal Cleanup—the world’s largest volunteer effort to clean up waterways and the ocean. They research and share key details about what’s trashing our ocean with the public, the scientific community and decision makers. They also prevent trash from entering the waters by working with everyone from individuals to businesses to change the behaviors that cause ocean trash.
The Ocean Cleanup
This controversial idea, conceived by Dutch wonderkid Boyan Slat, is about to officially have its first real trial run. After years of internet hype, with supporters cheering and detractors jeering, the Ocean Cleanup foundation will deploy its free-standing, waste-trapping floating dam that could revolutionize ocean clean-up. Or it could fall flat on its face. If you listen to the naysayers, the ambitious project will do more harm than good. If you believe Mr. Slat, then we can start to see the benefits of his genius shortly. Stay tuned…
The Solar-Powered Water Wheel Trash Interceptor
Baltimore may have already invented what Boyan Slat wants to achieve, only on a smaller scale. In 2005, in response to the city’s water pollution issues, city leaders and businessmen collaborated to create a marvel of engineering. The Interceptor sits at the mouth of the Jones Falls river, where garbage, once flowing freely into the inner harbor, is directed by floating barriers towards a 4.3-metre-tall garbage collection device. Rakes automatically drag the refuse to a conveyor belt powered by a water wheel spun by solar-powered pump. The belt brings the trash to a dumpster, which, once full, is dragged by boat to a waste-to-energy conversion plant.