SPAIN’S SEABIN PROJECT WILL HELP SAVE WHALES FROM A SLOW DEATH
Our recent blog on how whales are suffering and dying as their stomachs fill up with plastic waste has had quite a response on social media—and now we are pleased to bring you a little good news. A Spanish based company has been trialling an ingenious way to help clean up the world’s seas and oceans, called Seabin. The Mallorcan company—run by two Australians—has signed an agreement with a French business to start manufacturing the waste collection device that not only skims plastic rubbish from the water but also removes hydrocarbons such as oil and other pollutants.
HOW PLASTIC RUBBISH MAKES WHALES STARVE
MANIFESTO appreciates the beauty of design—whether man-made or that formed by the hand of Mother Nature—and surely few things are more beautiful than the sight of majestic whales swimming through the ocean waves. Sadly many species of the cetacean were hunted to near extinction by man seeking whale blubber for oil and flesh for food before the international community instigated a ban on hunting these gentle giants of the sea. But whilst numbers of many species—particularly Sperm Whales—are now recovering, these creatures, which just like us are known to form close family ties, still face a threat from man in the form of thoughtlessly discarded plastic waste.