More than 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans each year, which takes more than a century to decompose, and at the same time it is a huge threat and it is killing one of the planet’s most majestic sea animals!
One of the number one contributors to this growing epidemic, is the seemingly harmless six-pack rings which is found around cans of beer and soda.
They can cause a lot of damage to marine life, as they can tangle wings of sea animals, wrap around shells of sea turtles, and choke seals. The Gulf of Mexico has the biggest problem with plastic pollution, because it has one of the highest concentrations of marine plastic in the entire world!
Every net or bottle that was dipped in the Gulf by the LSU researchers, came up laden with plastic, and LSU’s Marki Benifield has confirmed that this was always the case.
Last year, there was a volunteer beach cleanup of 3 miles on Elmer’s Island, and the volunteers gathered 170 plastic six-pack rings, and 4,000 pounds of other trash!
So, one brewery in Florida knew that a quick solution must be found. And they came up with the bio gradable six-pack rings that can serve as a snack to the marine life, since it is made from barley and wheat.
They appear as though they are made out of cardboard, however the wheat and grain results have been compacted into a touch, solid material, which can continue the standard mileage related with vehicle and capacity in a fridge.
These rings were created by Saltwater Brewery, a specialty microbrewery in Delray Beach, with a startup called E6PR (short for Eco Six Pack Rings). They trust different bottling works will buy the new rings and help cut assembling expenses down.
Subside Agardy, leader of the brand at the bottling works, said that it is an enormous speculation for such a little distillery made by angler, surfers, and individuals that adoration the ocean, so Chris Gove, leader of Delray conceded that they trust they will impact the huge folks and move them to jump aboard.
CBS News detailed that the task was a shared exertion between New York advertisement organization We Believers, Mexican biodegradable provider Entelequia, and private financial specialists from the refreshment pressing industry.
Since they are made with “result squander and different materials,” these rings will be compostable when discarded appropriately, and biodegradable on the off chance that they wind up being littered.
The bottling works is trying the rings with a gathering of art distilleries, however they won’t talk about points of interest now. E6PR is one of the potential approaches to reverse the situation toward cleaner waters.
The brewery also believes that this edible six pack ring is going to positively affect the Food & Beverage and CPG Industries, but the main goal is of course to save thousands of marine lives out there.
As they say, these days a successful brand is not the best one IN the world, but the best one FOR the world!