By Peter Ceglinski

Let’s clean up the Oceans with this SeaBin

seabin developed by Australian surfers

SeaBin has been developed by 2 Australian surfers: Peter Ceglinski and Andrew Turton

The SeaBin is amazing. Do you want to clean up the water in the harbor? This genius bucket can suck garbage right out of the ocean.

It’s called the SeaBin and it works just like a fish tank filter. Let’s get rid of the plastic soup.

Plastic soup

The bucket connects to a water pump sucking all trash, oil, and other waste into a removable mesh bag. The pump then spits clean seawater back into the ocean.

It works 24/7 and it’s safe for fish and other ocean life as well. Two Australian surfers quit their day jobs. And spent 10 years perfecting the prototype.


About the SeaBin

The SeaBin isn’t big or bulky and can fit into the problem corners of marinas without being obtrusive or taking up dock space for boats. The waste in the SeaBin is collected easily and disposed of responsibly in the already establish waste disposal system of the marina.

We also have the option to fit an oil/water separator to the system.

  • The SeaBin is located in the water and is fixed to a floating dock. There is a shore based water pump on the dock running on shore power.
  • The water pump creates a flow of water into the bin bringing with it all floating rubbish and debris. The rubbish/debris is caught in a natural fibre catch bag and the water is then sucked out the bottom of the bin and up to the water pump where it is then pumped back into the marina.

Peter Ceglinski and Andrew Turton have spent four years developing the ‘Seabin’ and said the device could spell the end of polluted seas. The Seabin has been designed for use in marinas and ports into which ocean pollution is often swept by tides, wind and storms.

Prototype in production

The designers have even used plastics caught in their first SeaBin to create another waste collector. The prototype is into production.

The product development is going well with our French industrial partner Poralu Marine and we expect pre production Seabins around the end of 2016 for our pilot partners to trial exclusively for a set period of time before serial production starts.The final serial production Seabins will be available beginning of 2017 for distribution. Our partner Poralu Marine will be the exclusive distributor.


We are open to expressions of interest for investors, agents and distributors. Send us an email with your details and Cv and we see what we can do.

Facts & figures

By Ramon Knoester

Rotterdam catches floating plastics

Rotterdam catches floating plastics

Based on what is found on the banks, we expect to collect 10 to 20 tons of plastic per year. It will be roughly a quarter of the plastic that flows through the River Maas.

Rotterdam catches – a part of – the floating plastics and other debris.

Plastics in the oceans have to be reduced.

It’s the mission of the Dutch student Boyan Slat and now extended by the city of Rotterdam.

The result of recycled plastic: a floating park


Floating park made of plastic debris collected in the River Maas, Netherlands

Floating park made of plastic debris collected in the River Meuse, Netherlands

On 4 July 2018, the first Plastic Recycled Park has been opened in the Rotterdam Rijnhaven, called Floating Pavilion. Floating dirt from the harbors and rivers has been collected and processed into a floating park of 140 m2.

The goal of this iconic Recycled Park is to show that recycled plastic from the river can be a valuable raw material for reuse. By reusing the recovered plastic and making floating building blocks out of it, the building blocks provide a new landscaping This green floating park is an added value for the city and has an ecological function in the river as a habitat for snails, flatworms, larvae, water beetles and more.


In 2016. Rotterdam, capital of the North Sea Delta in the Netherlands, launched three platforms to catch floating plastic debris before it enters the sea. 

Rotterdam Main Port Europe Delta

Rotterdam Main Port Europe Delta

Last year, Rotterdam posted three plastic traps at strategic locations along the riverside to stop flowing the waste before it reaches the North Sea and disappears in the sea. The collected plastics will be reused and shown as a kind of floating city park, made by artists.

A first step towards a plastic-free river

Ramon Knoester, promoter of the initiative:

“If we absorb all the plastic in the city and in the harbor, we are contributing to decrease the expansion of the plastic soup in our seas and oceans.”

The architect has developed the plastic traps. Until now, the harvest is not as big als he expected. But his is optimistic:

Based on what is found on the banks, we expect to collect 10 to 20 tons of plastic per year. It will be roughly a quarter of the plastic that flows through the River Maas.


The costs of the three plastic catchers was 200,000 euros. The money has been raised by the municipality, the government and private funders. If the first three platforms are functioning as desired, the number of platforms will be expanded to eight.

Video Recycled Park by WHIM Architecture

About the river Meuse

The river Meuse is a 950 kilometer long river in Western Europe. Because it’s mainly fed by rainwater, the water level can vary a lot. The Meuse rises in France, then still flows through Belgium and the Nederlands. In the Netherlands, the Meuse – one of the major rivers that flows in the river Delta, the water flows into the North Sea.



By Pharrell Williams

Denim collections from ocean plastic

Pharrell Williams Curates Collaboration Between Bionic Yarn And G-Star Turning Ocean Plastic Into Denim

Pharrell Williams Curates Collaboration Between Bionic Yarn And G-Star Turning Ocean Plastic Into Denim

3 denim collections out of 2 million plastic containers recovered from ocean coastlines. 

That is what Raw For The Ocean’ and ‘G-Star did, making their new fashionable collection 2015 from ocean plastics. This is how the production process is done.

Together they will help ending the ‘Plastic Soup‘. 

Denim it is

Now in our third season, the equivalent of 2 million plastic containers have been recovered from ocean coastlines around the world.  And we’re taking that number higher!

RAW for the Oceans is an initiative recycling ocean plastic into G-Star collections co-designed by Pharrell Williams (Bionic Yarn) and Parley for the Oceans.

7,000,000 tonnes of plastic

There are 7,000,000 tonnes of plastic in our oceans. That’s like that a resource waiting to be mined, waiting for people to profit from (Capt. Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society)

Please share this

Do you need a new denim? Have a look at their collection.


By Dave Hakkens

Build your plastic recycling machine

PreciousPlastic machine recycles plastics

Spread the word!
This helps the project so much! Make sure to share this information around so others know they can start. The more people know about this project the more plastic that gets recycled!

PreciousPlastic developed DIY machines that enable everyone to build a little plastic machine to recycle all the plastics you can get. For free. 

The machines are made with basic tooling and materials that should be easily available, wherever you live.

Now share it into every corner of the world and let the recycling begin!

Start your own little plastic recycling workshop

This is fabulous open innovation. The PreciousPlastic recycling machine is made from basic materials, affordable and easy to build.

  • Modular
    The machines are made of different components that can be repaired, replaced, or customized
  • Open Source
    The blueprints and tutorials for our machines will always be freely available online, for anyone to access and use
  • Inclusive
    By using basic materials, tools, and universal parts, the machines can be built all over the world
  • Built yourself
    PreciousPlastic has created a series of video tutorials that are easy to follow and help you get started building the machines


Extrusion is a continuous process where plastic flakes are inserted into the hopper and extruded into a line of plastic. These lines can be used to make new raw materials such as 3d printing filament, make granulated plastic, spinned around a mold, or used by you in new and creative ways.


Plastic flakes are heated and injected into a mold. It’s a relatively quick process which is well suited for creating small objects repeatedly. You can make the molds completely yourself by using CNC mills or lathes, or by simply welding them.


Plastic is heated inside the oven and slowly pressed into a mold with a carjack. Well suited for making large and more solid objects, the oven itself is also a great machine for prototyping and making plastic tests with.


Plastic waste is shredded into flakes which will be used in the other machines to create new things. You can select the output size of these flakes by changing the sieve inside the machine to create different patterns and processes.

Things you can make

Explore what you can make with these machines

How you can help PreciousPlastic

  • Join the community
    PreciousPlastic loves it when you are involved, helping out others with questions, sharing your feedback, and connecting with others. Join!
  • Spread the word!
    This helps the project so much! Make sure to share this information around so others know they can start. The more people know about this project the more plastic that gets recycled!
  • Donate
    Everything they do and make is shared open source online, for free. Your donations push this project ahead. They mean a lot to this perfect guys.
  • Build machines
    It makes us happy when you build the machines locally. We know this isn’t for everyone though, so as a non-builder you can also help out in our forums where we’re trying to connect people with machine builders.

Facts & figures


By Ton van Keken

From Ocean Plastic to Carpets

carpet, sustainable, recycling, reuse, fishing nets

Beautiful carpet from old Filippines plastic fishing nets

This carpets is a really beautiful design. And listen to the story of the designers because they have a mission! Hundreds of Philippines are collecting fishing nets in the ocean and at the shore. Of course the receive money in return from Interface. But even better; the nets are transformed into the most beautiful carpets I ever saw.

The colors and textures reflect the undulating waves of our oceans and seas, in blends of swirling sapphires, aqueous aquamarines and turbulent teals.

Sustainable reuse of nylon

A decade ago the industry still assumed that nylon was not recyclable. Interface proves that is incorrect. Interface has partnered with the Zoological Society of London to buy discarded fishing nets from some of the poorest communities in the world. The nets are recycled into new yarn for our carpet tiles by Aquafil. The benefits? Fewer ghost nets, less virgin materials and a new source of income for the communities. The partnership has created an inclusive business model with positive outcomes for everyone involved. The program started in the Philippines and was expanded to Cameroon in 2015.

Net-Works® is an innovative, cross-segment initiative designed to tackle the growing environmental problem of discarded fishing nets in some of the world’s poorest coastal communities. At the same time, it supports Interface’s Mission Zero® goal to source 100% recycled material for its carpet tile.

Interface works with local fishing communities which collect discarded fishing nets. This interface and yarn manufacturer Aquafil not only gets access to a new raw material for high-quality nylon, but Interface also helps to improve the living conditions of local fishermen.

Ocean Plastic ‘Soup’

It’s shocking what plastic in the oceans can do to wildlife! Interface is one of the great companies who feels the responsibility to clear this mess and help people in South East Asia. They deliver world wide.

Ray Anderson: I always make the business case for sustainability. It’s so compelling. Our costs are down, not up. Our products are the best they have ever been. And the goodwill in the marketplace: it’s just been astonishing.


Mission Zero

With Net-Works Interface works in the poorest coastal areas in the world which are struggling with poverty. Each year, 640,000 tonnes nets left in the ocean. By working with local fishermen to harvest the nets, Interface contributes to a structural improvement of poor communities.

Since the start of the project in 2012, there has been almost 80,000 pounds of discarded fishing nets collected.


If we remaking the way we make things by transforming human industry through ecologically intelligent design. The current industrial system that “takes, makes and wastes” can become a creator of goods and services that generate ecological, social and economic value.

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