A Brewery Has A Brilliant Way To Tackle The Problem of Plastic In the Ocean

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That six-pack of beer may be a crucial ingredient to your summer cookouts, but it’s been long established that those plastic rings holding the six-pack together can have a devastating impact on marine life if they end up in the ocean.

Our trashy lifestyle has historically been a major problem for the oceans, as what we discard often ends up not in landfills or recycled, but in the water. There, the garbage presents major health risks; those plastic rings for instance often end up caught around the necks of marine animals, strangling them. Or, they eat them and choke. A recent report mentioned that most sea animals have actually eaten plastic.

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However, for people who demand their beers six at a time, no one bothered to invent an alternative to those plastic rings.

But now, Saltwater Brewery, a brewery based in Delray Beach, Florida is finally offering that alternative. They’ve created edible rings for their own beer six-packs, made from byproducts of the beer brewing process, such as barley and wheat.

“It’s a big investment for a small brewery created by fisherman, surfers and people that love the sea,” Peter Agardy, head of brand at Saltwater Brewery, said in a video.

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Unfortunately, this process costs a lot more than the traditional packaging, and so the product will be more expensive. However, if more breweries follow suit, costs could go down.

In the meantime, six-packs drinkers remember: Cut each of the rings in your plastic before discarding them. It’ll take seconds and it may go a long way towards saving underwater lives.

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