Local surfer cleans up at crowdfunding for Seabin invention
A BYRON Shire-raised surfer is one half of an Aussie partnership which has successfully raised more than $240,000 to manufacture a revolutionary garbage bin for the ocean.
Pete Ceglinksi grew up in the Brunswick Heads-Ocean Shores area, went to Mullumbimby High School, and now lives on the Spanish island of Palma Mallorca in the Mediterranean.
From this marine paradise he and Sunshine Coast-raised Andrew Turton have developed the eco-friendly Seabin which is designed to work as a rubbish collector in marinas and canals.
The Seabin looks like a rubbish bin but is almost entirely submerged in water, with the rim just below the surface and attached to the marina wharf. Floating rubbish is pushed over the rim along with water by the currents.
While the rubbish stays trapped in a removable filter, the water is pumped out of the bottom through a pipe and flushed back into the sea.
The inventors don't claim it will bring an end to all pollution of the ocean, but they do argue that any contribution to reducing ocean rubbish is a good one. And by starting small, they believe society can make a difference bit by bit.
Already these ocean lovers have raised $247,000 in two months, exceeding their original target by $17,000 on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo.
Alongside his passion for surfing and the ocean Mr Ceglinksi has a background in industrial design before crossing over to the yachting industry a decade ago.
Mr Turton is a boat builder and sailor who was inspired to create the Seabin after witnessing the amount of pollution in the ocean and marinas.
They both quit their jobs and channelled their life savings into the project.
The pair have remained firmly independent with Mr Ceglinksi saying they had "politely declined" several investment offers for the Seabin "due to the fact that we believe we can make this happen with the support of ocean lovers around the world".
"We have a positive vision for this project and we are sure it's going to happen," he said.
"The potential market is every single marina, port and harbour in the world. It's a big project."