Floating Garbage Bins

Sustainability Problem

Pollution. Marine life is dying at an alarming rate and the whole oceanic ecosystem is being threatened as a result.

Technology Article

Brilliantly Simple Floating Rubbish Bin Revolutionizes Ocean Cleaning Technology by Kristine Mitchell December 25, 2015.

  • Australian surfers created an automated floating rubbish bin that collects garbage, debris, and even oil from the water, and may revolutionize ocean cleaning technology.
  • The system is designed to run constantly and the group aims to sell and install them in marinas, ports, and boat clubs.
  • The group is raising funding through their Indiegogo campaign so they can produce the systems on a large scale.


  • Seabin Pty Ltd (creators of system)
  • Donators to their Indiegogo campaign
  • Marinas, ports, harbors, boat clubs, etc. that will purchase and install the systems


  • Form partnerships/raise funding to produce on a large scale.
  • Sell Seabins to Marinas, ports, boat clubs etc.
  • Aim to get them in rivers and other bodies of water as well.
  • Figure out a better way to power the pump that operates the Seabin (currently electric that costs $20/month)…solar(?).

Other sources:

Denim Made out of Ocean Plastic


Problem: Plastics in the Oceans

Today, the Earth’s oceans are littered with millions of tons of plastic, wreaking havoc on animal and plant life in the water. This does not only affect the wildlife, but humans who rely on them for food and or business

Technology: “How a Pair of Jeans Could Save our Planet’s Plastic-Choked Oceans” by Issie Lapowsky

New York City-based startup, Bionic Yarn, has created a way to make fabric from recycled ocean plastic and turn it into denim products. The products are woven with some nine tons of ocean plastic inside. One of the company’s yarns is FLX, which is is made completely of recovered plastic. Their patented technology heats and spins together dozens of RPET strands to make new and improved yarn


Bionic Yarn tech engineers/designers

Technological partners

Design Collaborators

Fashion designers

Clothing retailers



In order to implement this technology on a large-scale, a number of investors need to be introduced

Fashion designers must begin to use the technology to introduce the innovation to the public and encourage its usage down the supply chain i.e. factories and low-end designers/retailers.  For example, Bionic Yarn has partnered with celebrity/designer, Pharrell Williams, who uses it in his G-Star Raw collections

The company should start a campaign marketing the technology to high-end textile suppliers, proving that this material can be recycled and high quality








The Seabin: a new ocean cleaning techology

The problem

The oceans are seriously polluted. 80% of the human waste that ends up floating in the ocean are plastics that are causing a huge damage on the ecosystem and thus, affecting one of the most important food sources of our planet. According to plasticbank.org, 46,000 pieces of plastic are floating in each square mile on the sea, which kill 100,000 sharks, turtles, dolphins and whales that ingest them every year.

The technology

The Seabin is an automated rubbish bin that absorbs floating plastic, oil, fuel, detergents and other kinds of waste form the surface of the ocean. It is designed for floating docks, marinas, private pontoons, residential lakes, harbors, water ways, ports and yatch clubs.

Here’s how it works:


The stakeholders

  • Poeple that own, frequent or live in marinas, private pontoons, residential lakes, harbours, water ways, ports and yatch clubs.
  • Poralu Marine – Manufacturer and distributor of the product


  • Pete Ceflinski was a product designer that realized the consequences of his job and quitted
  • He started the project with his surf mate Andrew Turton to clean up the floating waste for the ocean.
  • They designed the Seabin, which catches everything that floatates in the water
  • Pete and Andrew signed a partnership with Poralu Marine, an industrial global leader of aluminium facilities, which will start developing, manufacturing and distributing Seabins by the end of 2016.

Source: The Seabin Project: www.seabinproject.com