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.