Seabin Hawaii Pono Program




Impact Partners "Hawaii Volcanic Water" and "rPlanet Earth" have already committed to supporting the installation of two Seabins in local marinas in Hawaii. 


More Seabins can be installed with your support. This campaign will add 5 more Seabins in Hawaiian waters to collect marine debris 24/7! 


Here is a word from "Hawaii Volcanic Water" founder:

"The ocean covers 70% of the Earth, produces more than 50% of our breathable air, and 16% of all animal protein
consumed by humans comes from fish. We swim, surf, and enjoy its beauty. Unfortunately, there has been an unconscious attitude towards the respect, maintenance, and protection of this irreplaceable provider of life. Pollution and abuse have reached critical levels. The problem is two-fold; first we must become conscious of our effect as members of the ecosystem; second we must work together to reverse our mistakes, clean up our mess, and make things better. The solution starts with you. We must work together, we must spread awareness, we must support each other’s efforts, and we must evolve into one thriving community, one Global ecovillage. The growth starts here.

One amazing and inspirational part of the solution was invented by the Seabin Group. ( 

These ocean loving eco-warriors from Australia have engineered an amazing piece of technology that is essentially a recycling bucket for the sea. A simple and brilliant idea that has earned them numerous International awards, but more importantly is truly helping to effectively clean up the ocean. To date, according to their website, they have captured more than 114,916 kg of debris, with only 719 Seabins. Now imagine if there were ten, or one-hundred, or one-thousand times that many Seabins deployed Globally.

With that idea as inspiration, as part of a new State wide ongoing pono program, local purpose driven premium beverage brand Hawaii Volcanic ( ) has partnered with California based rPlanet Earth ( ) who is one of the largest plastic bottle recycling plants in the World, and purchased four Seabins for deployment this Summer. Two will be in Hawaii and two in California. The first two will be installed on Oahu the date and location soon to be publicly announced. These will be the first working Seabins in Hawaii. The other two Seabins will be installed at a location and on a date soon to be announced in Southern California.

These four Seabins are just a start. Every park has trash cans, some have recycling cans, so each harbor and marina should also have their own Seabins. To accomplish this, we must grow as an ecovillage. There are more than a million people now living in Hawaii, let’s make this happen together. Spread the word through social media, and word of mouth. We are setting up both a Go Fund Me campaign and also a corporate sponsorship opportunity with 100% of all proceeds raised going to purchasing more Seabins for Hawaii.

Avid surfer and Seabin co-founder and CEO Pete Ceglinski will be visiting Oahu from Australia in mid July. A media event is being organized in Waikiki where Peter will demonstrate how the Seabins work.

The amazing Seabin project is just one part of the solution. In addition to cleaning up our existing mess, we must learn from other countries like Japan and Norway who have 95% + recycling rates to look at what we have previously considered “trash” as a resource, and not as disposable garbage. Recycling and up-cycling work when materials are properly collected, sorted, and infinitely re-made and re-used as new products.

A final component of the solution is to make things better. Biodegradable and marine degradable recyclable packaging materials have been in development for many years and will soon be perfected and brought to market. These materials are being made from algae and other plants like sugarcane and switch-grass. It’s important to always stay positive and keep the faith. Together nothing is impossible unto us.

Mahalo for your Kokua,
Jason Donovan " 



The Seabin contributes to cleaner oceans by removing 1.4 tons of floating debris per unit per year. The location of the Seabin in marinas is ideal and where it matters most, close to the source of entry for floating debris. Ports and Marinas are perfect locations to stop floating debris from entering the open ocean and ocean plastics are also brought in by wind and currents.

These numbers are growing daily! Keep following the trend of marine debris collected at!

Are the Seabins a danger to marine life?

The fish, according to the team at Seabin, stays away from the surface of the water where the Seabin sucks in the water. They are deterred by the force of the water current. If there are swarms of jellyfish or bait fish it is recommended that the Seabins are turned off until the swarms pass. If a fish was to accidentally go into the Seabin, it would be caught in the Seabin and stay submerged in water until the marina staff retrieve the filter and throw the fish still alive back into the water.

How does it work? 

Water is sucked in from the surface and passes through a catch bag inside the Seabin, with a submersible water pump capable of displacing 25.000 LPH (liters per hour). The water is then pumped back into the marina leaving litter and debris trapped in the catch bag to be disposed of properly. Particles as small as microplastics and microfibers get caught in the catch bag!

Who is responsible for the Seabin?

This is the best part of it all, the marina will be the one responsible for the upkeep of the Seabins and also they will be paying for the energy consumption of the Seabin which is around $2 a day.

The marina enjoys a cleaner marina and the rest of us and the marine life enjoy cleaner oceans with less floating debris polluting our oceans!

Technology alone is not a solution

Seabins whole solution is Technology, Education, Science, Research and Community. The reason for this is that Technology alone is not the solution to stopping ocean plastics, education is the real solution. The Seabin Foundation is the registered Australian charity & not-for-profit organisation that focus on data collection for scientific and community purposes, as well as on educational activities. All the money raised with this campaign will go through the Seabin Foundation, which assures that on top of the Seabins being purchased and installed, data collection will also be helping the Hawaiian population to understand their main sources of plastics. School, local businesses and neighborhood can then use the data to raise awareness. 

Seabin Project FAQs

Q: Can someone pay out the crowdfunding campaign goal?
A: Yes! We need help! The more money we can raise, the more Seabins we can buy.

Q: Why crowdfund a Seabin?
A: Until now, the Seabins were not for the everyday person to purchase because marinas ports and yacht clubs are the target market for Seabin Group. This is a way where everyday people can give something back to the oceans. 

Q: How do Seabins work in tidal areas?
A: Seabins at present are designed for floating docks and pontoons. The Seabins move up and down with the tide on the floating dock.

Q. How are the pumps run? 
A. The pumps are currently electric, and around $2 a day to run.

Q: Do any fish get sucked into the Seabins? What about smaller marine life?
A: There is a possibility of fish to enter the Seabins, however in the last 2 years of development, the Seabins have only caught a handful of small bait fish. Most of which have been thrown back into the water alive. The fish simply stay away from the flow of water entering the Seabin and with the current fine tuning of the Seabin, the risk is now minimal.

Q: I don’t have any money to donate, how can I help?
A: Don’t worry! Your amazing anyways and thanks for even contacting us. We need help to share this project around with any media we can. Social medias like facebook, instagram, twitter, websites, bloggers. Also with newspapers, magazines, tv, radio and journalists. Also friends and family!

Plastic Facts, for your curiosity! 

This graph below shows the amount of plastic created each year since 1950. Learning how to produce and manage plastic in a different way to what has been done in the past is essential, to assure the quality of natural environment for wildlife, but also for industries such as tourism. The Seabin team is driven by this message: 
"Swim with fish, not plastic!"  

Did you know? There is now over 1 tonne of plastic in the world for each human living on this planet!

This graph below shows how important packaging is when it comes to plastic pollution. It is approximately one third (1/3) of the entire production of plastic! By changing the way we use packaging, we can altogether divert a significant portion of this plastic, that often ends up in landfill, as the following graph shows. 

Tip to reduce your contribution to plastic packaging: you can refuse packaging (e.g. bags) or choose reusable items!  For example, reusing a metal straw, bag, water bottle, coffee cup, food wrap, cutlery and containers will avoid hundreds of single use plastic items. 

Source: Geyer et al. (2017) in Ritchie and Roser (2018) - see source link below for complete figure. 

Source: Our World in Data (plastic-pollution) - 2018


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