Saltwater Brewery Creates Edible Six-Pack Rings to Protect Marine Life
In an ideal world, people wouldn’t litter and The Ocean Conservancy wouldn’t need to enlist 561,895 volunteers to pick up 16,186,759 pounds of garbage, with 57 marine animals found entangled in plastic.
For all marine life affected by plastic in the water, we don’t have the luxury of waiting or hoping for an ideal world. Some companies have instead decided to offer a different type of solution to the problem at hand. One example is Saltwater Brewery, a craft beer company based in Florida.
According to an article in the Huffington Post, the brewery has created 100 percent biodegradable, compostable and edible six-pack rings that are made from the by-products of beer during brewing, such as barley and wheat. They would therefore “feed, rather than kill, marine life” if they end up in the ocean. Peter Agardy, Saltwater Brewery’s head of brand, stated:
“It’s a big investment for a small brewery created by fishermen, surfers, and people that love the sea.”
According to the Huffington Post, the brand has stated that the rings are just as resistant and efficient as plastic, but that it currently costs more to make them, which could change if more companies join in as the manufacturing costs would drop.
While the idea and the potential result of the rings are both important and needed, vegetarians and vegans may be reluctant to support the company’s innovative initiative as they use isinglass to filter their beers, making their products unsuitable for plant-based eaters.
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