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With recent bans on plastic bags and other plastic items, it is no surprise that plastic waste has been considered one of the biggest threats to the environment. Once in the environment, plastic breaks down into smaller and smaller particles that attract toxic chemicals and are commonly ingested by wildlife both on land and in the ocean. Simply put, plastic is a material that the Earth cannot digest.
One microbrewery, located in Delray Beach, Florida, has a solution for the six-pack rings that typically end up in the ocean. Saltwater Brewery has created edible six-pack rings that feed, rather than kill, marine life if the ring ends up in the ocean and an animal happens to eat it. The rings are created from barley and wheat and are completely safe for humans and fish to eat. The rings are also 100% biodegradable and compostable, which contributes to the product’s sustainability game.
The brand explains that their innovative design is as resistant and efficient as plastic packaging. The only drawback is that the edible six-pack rings are more expensive to produce. However, the company hopes that consumers will be willing to pay a little extra in order to help the environment and animal life! If more breweries hop on this bandwagon, then the price may go down. In other words, if more companies invested in the technology, the production cost would go down and edible rings would become competitive with plastic ones.