There are no two ways about it, our Maltese seas are in a state. A bad one as a matter of fact. Now you can go ahead and blame it on the tourists and the growing tourism on our island, although the truth is that we’ve all contributed to it, in some form or another. Due to our carelessness “On average someone eating fish in Europe could be ingesting up to 11,000 pieces of microplastic a year”- Times of Malta.
Now what? What is the next step? Once that prevention hasn’t done enough, it’s time to look for more options. Żibel and Strand Marine have launched a project with involves installing SeaBins in local bays.
What is a Seabin?
A Seabin is a 100% recyclable gadget that eats up loads of rubbish in our seas. It is designed to be installed in the water of marinas, yacht clubs, ports and any water body with a calm environment and services available. The running cost of the Seabin is less than €1 a day, and this can catch up to 500KG of waste per year.
What can the Seabin eat up?
Every Seabin has the ability to catch:
- 90,000 plastic bags every year
- 35,700 disposable cups every year
- 16,500 plastic bottles every year
- 166,500 plastic utensils every year
- The Seabin is also able to intercept microplastics under 1mm in size.
Apart from promoting and helping the Seabin project locally, we urge you to discourage anyone you see littering and don’t litter yourself. Pick up any trash you might see disposed of wrongly and be part of the change.
Do you think the Maltese are aware enough of the deteriorating state of our environment in general? Tell us what you think in the comments below.