Local Beer Company Makes Edible Anti-Plastic Six-Pack Rings To Feed Marine Animals Instead Of Killing Them

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We have all seen the horrifying photos of marine wildlife being strangled by plastic pollution, including six-pack rings used to hold together packs of soda and beer.

Local Beer Company Makes Edible Anti-Plastic Six-Pack Rings To Feed Marine Animals Instead Of Killing Them

We have all seen the horrifying photos of marine wildlife being strangled by plastic pollution, including six-pack rings used to hold together packs of soda and beer.


For instance, take this picture of an innocent sea turtle in a death grasp by a plastic six-pack ring that is crushing his shell and deforming it.


While this photograph is disturbing it is only a drop in the ocean – this is happening all the time. Not to mention, marine life commonly eats plastic mistaking it for food. Dead birds, whales, and many other wild animals have been found deceased with bellies full of plastic.


According to the numbers, at least one million sea birds are negatively impacted by plastic pollution every year. The number includes an estimated 100,000 sea turtles and marine mammals like sea otters.


It is about time we do something to address the problem, and this edible six-pack ring is on a mission to do exactly that.


Local Beer Company Makes Edible Anti-Plastic Six-Pack Rings To Feed Marine Animals Instead Of Killing Them

The fantastic anti-plastic rings were created by a Florida-based company called Saltwater Brewery alongside ad agency We Believers. The dynamic duo teamed up to create an edible six-pack ring that can feed marine animals instead of killing them.


The Brewery is on a mission to replace all of their classic plastic six-pack rings with an edible model. They sell around 400,000 cans per month – a sizable amount.


They estimate that it will cost approximately 10 to 15 cents per unit if they order in bulk. This is more expensive than the plastic variety but absolutely worth the extra cost.


Saltwater Brewery believes they can set a new standard for the industry and hope other breweries and beverage companies will choose to change the way they package their goods.



If more companies opt for the eco-friendly edition, the cost would go down and be more comparable to traditional plastic.


Not only is the product a win for marine life, but it’s also better for the Planet. It's 100 percent biodegradable and made from recycled materials like wheat and barley. The best part is that these ingredients are left over from the brewing process.


The result is strong enough to support the weight of the cans without causing harm to the environment when its usage is complete. It is as resistant and durable as plastic rings.


According to a law put into place in 1989, six-pack rings are currently required to be made using 100 percent photodegradable plastic. That type of plastic breaks down into smaller pieces within 60 to 120 days.


Local Beer Company Makes Edible Anti-Plastic Six-Pack Rings To Feed Marine Animals Instead Of Killing Them

Adding insult to injury, the Plastics Industry Trade Association considers them non-hazardous to marine wildlife.


This is far from the truth – and there are plenty of pictures to prove it. Plus, 60 days is long enough for an animal to become entangled in plastic, and even as plastic breaks down it still presents a danger to marine life.


It is an indisputable fact that plastic of all types, including six-pack rings, are harmful to animals and the environment at large. Therefore, it’s essential that we make changes as soon as possible, and changing six-pack rings is a great start.


Local Beer Company Makes Edible Anti-Plastic Six-Pack Rings To Feed Marine Animals Instead Of Killing Them

After all, Americans consumed 6.3 billion gallons of beer in the last year, and the majority of the plastic rings used to hold them together end up in our world’s oceans.


Image credits: Saltwater Brewery

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