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

Sydney Harbour is set to become a lot cleaner thanks to the Australian clean tech start-up Seabin™. We are delighted to support Seabin™ with this particular project, over the next three years. This partnership is built on the alignment of our individual missions for cleaner oceans and supported by 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 and filtered more than 3.2 billion litres of water for microplastics, plastic, fibres, oil and other contaminants.

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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.
We have 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.
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Jones Bay Wharf is classified by Seabin™  as a ‘High Volume Marine Litter Accumulation Point’. Our partnership will result in almost 1300kg 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 ours 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. We plan 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, our Global Head of Sustainability said of the partnership: 
We’re delighted to partner with Seabin™ as part of our Planet Passionate programme. The central focus of our programme is protection of the natural environment and we are excited to work with Seabin™ to improve water quality and remove pollutants from harbours around the world.
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