Florida Brewery Using New Six-Pack Rings That Feed Sea Turtles Instead of Killing Them

It is well-documented that the plastic rings that hold a six-pack of beer or soda can cause devastating problems for creatures living in oceans and lakes. But now one Florida brewery is attempting to fix that.

Saltwater Brewery, located in Delray Beach, Florida, teamed up with a company called E6PR to develop six-pack rings that are bio-degradable and can serve as a snack for wildlife. The rings are made out of wheat and barley, not plastic, and pose no threat to wildlife in the ocean.

Plastic is the biggest problem facing oceanic wildlife near American shores. Fish, sea turtles and other creatures ingest the plastic rings from six-packs thinking they're food, but end up getting sick and possibly dying as a result. Now if they eat the E6PR rings, they'll just get a belly full of wheat.

E6PR is working with other craft breweries to implement their biodegradable rings, and they hope that some of the larger beer companies in America will begin to use them as well.

Now we just need a way to fix the other 8,000 problems humans are causing for our oceanic pals.

(h/t NOLA)


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