New Kingspan partnership will see 1.3 tonnes of plastic and debris collected from Sydney's Jones Bay Wharf each year

20 December 2021 Kingspan Group

UPDATED RELEASE: March 8th, 2022

Sydney Harbour is set to become a lot cleaner thanks to a new partnership between Kingspan Group and Australian clean tech start-up Seabin™. The partnership is built upon a pioneering technology that collects microplastics and other ocean debris from the water.

Seabin™ is on a mission to clean up the world’s waterways. A recent Sydney city pilot collected over 16 tonnes of marine debris in the 12-month period and filtered more than 3.2 billion litres of water for microplastics, plastic, fibres, oil and other contaminants.
The Seabin unit sucks in water and passes it through a catch bag. The water is then pumped back into the marina leaving marine debris trapped inside to be recycled or sent to a waste management facility.

Kingspan has a substantial presence in Australia providing energy efficiency solutions for buildings, as well as rainwater harvesting, wastewater treatment, and energy storage. Our 10-year Planet Passionate sustainability programme includes a commitment to supporting five ocean clean-up projects around the world by 2025.
Jones Bay Wharf is classified by Seabin™ as a ‘High Volume Marine Litter Accumulation Point’. The partnership with Kingspan will result in almost 1.3 tonnes of marine debris – the equivalent of 31,000 plastic straws – being collected from the water each year.

Seabin™ is now replicating this model around the world, with the goal of reaching 100 cities by 2050. Commercial partnerships, such as the one with Kingspan announced today, will help Seabin™ achieve its aims by providing some of the much-needed funding for environmental technicians to service and maintain the units, collect data, engage with local communities and facilitate educational events. Kingspan plans to support a second Seabin unit in Los Angeles in 2022.

Seabin’s 100 Smarter Cities Program – Sydney is the second ocean clean-up project to receive support as part our Planet Passionate commitments. In 2019 we began a three-year partnership with the ECOALF Foundation to remove up to 150 tonnes of waste from the Mediterranean each year through the foundation’s network of fishermen. We are using as much of the ocean plastic recovered as we can in production.
Having a multinational like Kingspan come onboard and support our mission of cleaner oceans is nothing short of inspiring and an example for others to follow. The team and myself look forward to working with Kingspan here in Sydney, and over in LA as we scale our operations to increase our positive impact across the globe.
says Pete Ceglinski, CEO + Co Founder of Seabin™.

Bianca Wong, Kingspan Group Head of Sustainability said: 
We’re delighted to partner with Seabin TM as part of our Planet Passionate sustainability programme. Using resources responsibly and protecting the natural environment are the core focus areas of the programme and we're excited to support Seabin TM in improving water quality and removing pollutants from harbours around the world.

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