Plastic six-pack rings have a detrimental effect on marine life, and sea birds, turtles and seals die because of these pieces. Plastic pollution has become a global issue, and things are really bad in the Gulf of Mexico. This spot has the highest concentration of marine plastic in the world.
A Florida-based brewery decided to change something, and actually uses biodegradable six-pack rings. Moreover, these rings are actually the perfect snack for wildlife as producers use wheat and barley to make them.
The material looks as if it’s made out of cardboard, but it’s actually wheat and barley byproducts that have been compressed into a tough material that sustains any pressure or damage.
Saltwater Brewery is a craft microbrewery in Delray Beach, and they developed the rings with a startup called E6PR or Eco Six Pack Rings. Hopefully, other breweries will follow their example and buy the rings. This will even lower manufacturing costs.
Peter Agardy, head of the brand at the brewery, explains this was a huge investment for their small brewery. Chris Gove, president of Delray, hopes that the project will attract the attention of big corporations. Today, it’s supported by fisherman, surfers and pretty much everyone who loves the sea.
Gove says we can be advocates for a clean and safe environment. Their goal is to transition all of the packaging in the facility to the six-pack ring alternative that actually foes beyond recycling and aims to achieve zero waste.
According to CBS News, the rings are the final result of a project by New York ad agency We Believers, Mexican biodegradable supplier Entelequia, and private investors from the beverage packing industry. The rings will be compostable and biodegradable, and the brewery is testing the rings with several craft breweries. We will keep you updated on any specifics, but one thing stands for sure – E6PR is one ways to protect our marine life.