Plastic doesn’t belong in our oceans. Angel Water provides filters to clean your drinking water, but plastic may still destroy our waterways. That’s why we’re highlighting two solutions being implemented to try and combat this problem. The Seabin waste collector floats in inland waterways, sucks water through the bin, and filters it. The Ocean Cleanup Array is a larger-scale solution that can be used to clean up floating garbage patches around the world.

Seabin Waste Collector Collects Ocean Plastic

As a new water filtration system, the Seabin marine waste collector makes it possible to remove plastic from our waterways. Designed to float in marinas, inland waterways, residential lakes and harbors, the water-based rubbish bin is like a vacuum for the sea.

The creators of The Seabin check out their invention before throwing it into the harbor.

The creators of The Seabin check out their invention before throwing it into the harbor.

The Seabin is situated on the surface and is plumbed into a shore-based water pump on the dock. The water gets sucked into the bin, bringing floating debris and floating liquids with it. The water then flows out through the bottom of the bin and up into the pump on the dock. The catch bag is made from natural fiber, but there is also an option of installing an oil and water separator. Each Seabin can be operated by one person and, thanks to its small size, can be fitted to yachts.

Ocean Cleanup by Boyan Slat

Boyan Slat, a 19-year-old from the Netherlands has created an Ocean Cleanup Array could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans. The device consists of a n network of floating booms and processing platforms that could be dispatched to garbage patches around the world.

While the device has been disputed by ocean scientists, The Ocean Cleanup will deploy a 2000 meter array off Tsushima island, which lies between Japan and South Korea. The system is set to start functioning in 2016 and will work to remove plastic until 2018.

This picture shows what The Ocean Cleanup will look like in 2016.

This picture shows what The Ocean Cleanup will look like in 2016.

Why is Removing Plastic Important?

Removing plastic from our ocean is essential to the Barrington community, if we wish to continue drinking water. It’s true that we offer reverse osmosis systems that are designed to remove contaminants like lead, fluoride and E. coli. However, if we don’t recognize the way plastic is destroying our water ways the real problem will never be solved.