Two Australian surfers, Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, have invented a floating ocean cleaner that is tipped to go global in coming months.
Their company, Seabin Pty Ltd, has partnered with Poralu Marine, a global company that distributes equipment to luxury marinas in 18 countries.
This is a small business success story. The entrepreneurs secured startup capital via crowdfunding and with the help of WA seed investors Shark Mitigation Systems and are now set to take on the world. They then took a prototype bin to market in Mallorca, Spain, where they both now reside, where they caught the eye of Poralu Marine — and reportedly the interest of the King of Spain, who enjoys luxury yachts.
“We are very pleased to enter into this partnership which comes after many years of research and testing,” the pair said in a statement.
“Our innovative and world first design and technology partnered with Poralu Marine brings us a recognised expertise worldwide and its support shows the relevance of our approach. Together, we can develop high quality Seabins to fit the needs of users and with eco-responsible materials. Moreover, Poralu’s extensive global distribution network will allow us to be closer to our customers and thus to limit our carbon footprint. It was essential for us having a sustainable approach combining quality and responsibility to all levels from production to distribution.”