January 2016, Perugino, Cleaning the Ocean with the Seabin

Perugino Has It All

Happy New Year Beard Chewers! I usually like to write about things that are new, in this case it is something that is new to me. Since I recently started drinking coffee again I discovered a Eugene gem that I probably walked passed a hundred times before setting foot inside. Perugino is one of my new favorite spots to relax, get a snack, enjoy some excellent coffee, and get a little work done. What I thought was a simple coffee spot turned out to be a vegan Italian cafe, and they don't skimp on the food by any means. I've tried a bunch of things on their menu and was more than satisfied with each one. Most recently I've had the broccoli and cheese soup and the turkey pesto panini. Both were excellent. Even the salad is rather outstanding; Insalata Caprese made with fresh tomato, mozzarella cheese, basil, and dressed with balsamic and oil. There's also a variety of baked goods, and a robust selection of fine wines by the glass or bottle. Every time I stop in there are some really relaxing jams playing that invite me to stay and order something else. The service and the atmosphere are great. Bring a friend to Perugino at 767 Willamette Street if you're like I was and didn't know what this place is all about. It's worth checking out.

-Keith Fox

Two Surfers Invent A Bucket That Sucks Trash, Oil And Other Pollution Right Out Of The Ocean

Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski created the Seabin project, and now they are cleaning the world's oceans one marina at a time. What they invented looks like a bucket that acts like a filter in a fish tank. It works by locating Seabins at major sources of pollution like floating docks in the water of marinas, private pontoons, inland waterways, residential lakes, harbors, ports and yacht clubs. The strategy is to put Seabins in areas where wind and currents inevitably move debris. The Seabin is plumbed to a shore based water pump on a dock. The pollution gets sucked into the bucket and trapped in the filter which can be easily removed and replaced. These two surfers have quit their jobs to fully dedicate themselves to this low cost ocean cleanup project. They manufacture almost everything themselves, and recently surpassed their indigogo campaign goal to raise money for the first shipment which is expected mid to late 2016. They even hope to one day build new Seabins using plastic debris caught by other Seabins, and for a world where Seabins and similar cleanup concepts are no longer needed. Learn much more at: www.seabinproject.com