Last weekend July 6-8th was an interesting period for Turku’s (Finland) Seabin. This was the weekend of Ruisrock, a popular outdoors music festival, which gathered thousands of excited visitors to Turku – including Seabin.
During this weekend, Turku University of Applied Sciences’ students wanted to raise awareness regarding the health of the seas. The students organized a RuisH2Ock project, where the visitors could, among other things, try VR goggles to see what swimming in the middle of debris looks like. The Seabin also got to be on spotlight during this RuisH2Ock event, and was located near the VIP dock for the whole weekend – rocking in the waves, gathering debris and entertaining the festival folk. Festival visitors were able to observe Seabin’s actions through a display located at the RuisH2Ock stand.
The Seabin didn’t have to leave the festival with an empty stomach. Ruisrock Weekend’s catch included some plastic bottles and food wrappings, so the cleanup was quite successful. Every piece of trash collected from the waters is a small victory in a battle against littering of the seas. Normally this particular Seabin is located in Turku Guest Harbour, but was granted this one weekend off to participate the festival.