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A recent study by scientists discovered that 90-percent of seabirds have eaten plastic, and a lot of that plastic comes from the rings that hold together six-packs of beer, soda, and other beverages. To solve this problem, Saltwater Brewery in Florida created a six-pack ring that feeds animals instead of killing them through plastic, reported MNN.com.
To make these rings the brewery took barley and wheat remnants from the brewing process and turned them into an edible, compostable, biodegradable product that holds together a six-pack but doesn’t harm the sea life, explained mnn.
The representatives at the company say that the innovative design is as resistant and efficient as plastic packaging. The only problem to this is that the rings are more expensive to produce. However, the company hopes that the customers will be willing to pay a little more in order to protect the environment, stated huffingtonpost.com.
“It’s a big investment for a small brewery created by fisherman, surfers, and people that love the sea,” stated Peter Agardy, head of brand at Saltwater Brewery, in an interview with huffingtonpost.com.
The company also designed the rings to slowly break down in order to prevent sea life getting stuck. “If our six-pack rings end up in the ocean, in a matter of hours it starts breaking down, which also addresses the issue of animals getting stuck in them,” stated Gustavo Lauria, co-founder of We Believers, reported dezeen.com.
The company aims to produce 400,000 edible six-pack rings per month. According to Lauria, the first mass-produced batch will cost between 10 and 15 cents per unit.
”We hope to influence the big guys and hopefully inspire them to get on board,” said Saltwater Brewery president Chris Goves, reported dezeen.com.