A small brewer in Florida has created a biodegradable 6-pack that will feed sea turtles instead of killing them.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of marine animals are killed due to plastic waste. Plastic bottles, containers, and the ubiquitous 6-pack rings are the biggest killers, with animals either ingesting or becoming trapped in plastic debris.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. One craft brewer in Southern Florida is helping to end plastic pollution, one 6-pack at a time.
In collaboration with E6PR (Eco Six Pack Ring), a small tech startup dedicated to the elimination of plastic rings, Saltwater Brewery have replaced their 6-pack rings with an environmentally friendly alternative that will feed sea life instead of killing them.
The design is a 6-pack ring that looks like it’s made out of cardboard, but in fact is made from wheat and barley byproduct that’s been compressed into a touch, durable material. The material can sustain the usual wear and tear associated with transport and storage in a refrigerator and then can be thrown into the ocean to feed hungry sea turtles.
E6PR’s 6-pack is fully biodegradable and if not ingested will disintegrate within a few months. This means that the 6-pack can really only be used for higher-volume products that won’t sit on a shelf for longer than 3-4 months, but Saltwater’s Screamin’ Reels IPA is one such product that doesn’t stay on store shelves for very long.
Plastic pollution in the Gulf of Mexico is some of the worst in the world. Louisiana State University conducted a survey of the gulf back in 2017 and found that each dip of the net brought up some form of plastic pollution. Loose plastic fibers from fishing nets were the most abundant, but closer inspection revealed microplastics (such as found in certain types of soaps and shampoos) that can be equally harmful to tiny marine life.
It’s E6PR’s home that more breweries will get on board with their product in order to bring costs down and ensure that future generations will still have oceans teaming with life instead of plastic.