Cleaner Oceans Are the Wave of the Future
Marine litter is now 60 to 80 percent plastic, reaching 95 percent in some areas, according to CoastalCare.org. Norwex is helping combat marine waste and the hazards that such waste poses to marine ecosystems through a new partnership with a holistic solution: The Seabin Project.
What Is a Seabin?
This award-winning floating rubbish bin is strategically positioned in “debris problem areas” like marinas, docks, yacht clubs and commercial ports to collect surface rubbish and oils polluting the water. Depending on weather and debris volumes, the Seabin can catch an estimated 1.4 tons of floating debris per year, including microplastics down to 2 millimeters in size.
How It Works
Water is sucked from the surface and passes through a catch bag inside the Seabin, which acts as a filter. A submersible water pump then pumps the water back out into the marina, leaving litter and debris trapped inside the catch bag to be disposed of properly.
What One Seabin Can Catch in a Year
- 90,000 plastic shopping bags
- 11,900 plastic liter bottles
- 16,500 plastic water or soda bottles
- 35,700 disposable cups
- 166,500 plastic utensils
- Surface oils and pollutants
- Plastic particles—the second most caught item
- Cigarette butts—the most common caught item
How Norwex Is Helping
Our Norwex office in Malta is placing ten Seabins around that island country in support of our mission to address growing concerns about harmful chemicals, plastic pollution and environmental issues. Follow our Seabin adventure in Malta at #SeabinMalta to stay informed.