PERTH, Australia, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Two Australian men are seeking funding to produce a bin that automatically traps plastic bags and other debris found floating in the ocean.
Founders of the Seabin Project Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski have installed a prototype of their "automated rubbish bin" at their local marina and are hoping to create more for use other places.
"The marinas, ports and yacht clubs are the perfect place to start helping clean our oceans," a post on the project's website reads. "By working with these marinas, ports and yacht clubs we can locate the Seabin in the perfect place and mother nature brings us the rubbish to catch it."
The Seabin works by pumping water through a plastic bin placed at the water's surface, which then uses suction to draw in floating debris and liquids to a natural fiber "catch bag."
Turton, a boat builder and sailor, came up with the idea after noticing the abundance of pollution that often collects in marinas and later recruited Ceglinski, an industrial designer with experience in plastic products.
The two took to crowdfunding website Indiegogo in hopes of raising enough money to put the Seabin into mass production.
The project eventually went viral on Facebook, gaining 6,330 backers and raising $216,366 towards its $230,000 goal.