A brewery in Florida has taken a vital step in ensuring the protection of marine life with edible six pack rings.
In addition to being edible, the rings are biodegradable as well.
Salt Water Brewery, which has partnered with WeBelievers for the project, said it has created, tested and prototyped the first ever “Edible Six-Pack Ring.”
Based out of Delray Beach, Florida, the brewery says on its website that the six-pack rings are “100 percent biodegradable and compostable.” President Chris Gove said, “We want to influence the big guys and kind of inspire them to also get on board.”
According to WGNO, majority of the plastic rings used in the packaging of beer cans end up in the ocean. This becomes a substantial threat to marine life; sea creatures get tangled around them while many that eat the rings die because it blocks their digestive systems.
Through Ocean Based Charities, the goal of Saltwater is to “maintain the world’s greatest wonder by giving back to the ocean,” CBS News reports.
According to the data revealed by GreenPeace, plastic rings are responsible for the deaths of as many as 1 million birds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles each year.
Americans consumed around 6.3 billion gallons of beer in 2015, almost half of which was sold in cans, according to a Saltwater Brewery spokeswoman.