The Saltwater Brewery in Deltray, Florida has come up with an ingenious way to try and minimise marine life being killed by the plastic rings from beer cans that get tossed in the sea – have them be edible.
A rather worrying statistic released by Greenpeace has claimed that 70% of seabirds and 80 per cent of sea turtles are eating plastic. Consequently, 1 million birds and 100,000 marine creatures are dying every year.
One of the biggest contributors to this problem are the six-pack rings that hold cans of beer together.
Hopefully these edible rings could be the first step in changing these unfortunate statistics.
The rings being made by the Saltwater brewery are made from beer by-products such as barley and wheat and are safe for both humans and fish to eat. They are also 100% biodegradable.
The company says the rings are as efficient as the plastic versions although they concede that they are more expensive to produce. However, they believe if enough breweries take this idea on board then the price to produce edible rings will go down.
Unbelievably, an estimated 33% of all plastic ends up in the ocean. This could be the game changer the environment desperately needs right now.
Loaded digital reporter Oli Palmer has been writing about film/TV since 2013. Follow Oli on Twitter at @olipalmer