We have exciting news! #Zibel and Strand Marine have partnered up to bring Seabin to Malta, acting as the Maltese Distributors for the project. The combination of #Zibel’s outreach and education and the Strand Marine’s experience in the marine industry, are providing a holistic solution to combat marine health once and for all…
Words by Amy Micallef Decesare

The sea, as well as all the debris we find in it, is intricately linked to life
on planet earth. Not only is the sea responsible for half the oxygen
found in our atmosphere (which, might I remind you, is essential for
our survival) but the wildlife it sustains also provides us with food and
medical cures and are just a glimpse of the journey of evolution over
millions of years.
Over the last 100 years, however, we seem to have started taking the
well-being of our seas, for granted, as many of us do with a lot of other
things in life.
Studies show that around 12 million tonnes of plastic find their way
into the water every single year, across the globe.

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THAT’S RIGHT: 12 MILLION TONNES!
We may have adopted the mentality of ‘out of sight, out of mind’
a while ago, but now is the time to open our eyes and begin to
understand the ramifications of such a mentality.

HOW DOES DEBRIS END UP IN OUR SEAS?

THERE ARE FOUR MAIN REASONS:
1. First of all, the abundance of litter we see on the streets can be
blown by the wind or transported by the rain straight into the sea.
2. Secondly, micro-particles, such as microbeads, which can be
found in everyday cosmetics, such as toothpaste, or synthetic
cloth fibres, are carried through the drainage system, making
their way slowly but steadily into the sea.
3. Those plastic items you may have noticed resting atop landfills
like Maghtab can also be carried away by the wind, as well as
consumed by animals, such as unknowing helpless birds. These
plastics also contribute to leachate, the liquid that drains from
landfills as a result of the rain. The toxic leachate then makes its
way into the surrounding environment and sea, without any major
obstacles.
4. Finally, we must take natural disasters into consideration. The
Japan Tsunami of 2011? It pulled thousands of tonnes of debris
into the sea. Not to mention, the nuclear fallout, which refers to
the residual radioactive material propelled into the atmosphere,
which was found as far as America’s west coast!

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During #Zibel’s regular marine clean-ups, a shocking amount of
the very same debris we speak of was found locally, here in Malta,
and as far as Australia.
A typical clean-up usually results in the collection of between
half a tonne and two tonnes of waste, pulled directly from
our seas and beaches. Want to guess what most of the waste
collected is? That’s right: single use plastic, such as bottles or
plastic bags. Rogue fishing gear, appliances and metals also
contribute to the tonnes of waste collected.

SO… WHAT CAN WE DO?

Well, ladies and gentlemen, we have a solution and the logic is
super simple. Just as you expect every household to have a bin,
why shouldn’t the sea have a couple, too?
Seabins work by creating a steady flow of water, which is pumped
into itself, all the while collecting rubbish and debris. This nasty
rubbish is caught in a bag, within the seabin itself and then the
clean debris-free water is sucked back and pumped back into the
sea!

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WHY SHOULD WE BE USING SEABINS?

Simple. They collect all the teenie tiny bits of rubbish that are hard
for you and I to pluck out of the water, including marine debris and
micro-plastics. In this way, seabins serve to protect wildlife from
these pesky pieces of plastic, thus keeping our seas squeaky
clean, just as nature intended.

WHERE WOULD THEY BE PLACED?

Fantastic question! The seabin project has a long list of locations,
all of which are in dire need of a seabin or two. The locations will
be released in batches, and as each batch gets funded, a new
fund will be opened for the next bin in the next location.

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

As easy as ABC, that’s how. By doing your part and contributing
to the crowdfund, we could stand to see seabins installed all over
our beautiful (but slightly debris-full) islands!
In the words of Andrew from #Zibel: “We honestly believe that in
terms of marine debris, seabins can help cater for around half the
island so get involved!”

#Zibel

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