When we purchase six-packs of soda and beer, we have to remember to cut up plastic rings before tossing them away. If undestroyed rings end up near wildlife, they can be caught and trapped. In order to curb this problem, a biodegradable concept was introduced over a year ago and it’s finally been brought to market by a local Florida brewery.
The concept was formed with SaltWater Brewery, who focused on an edible six-pack ring. It’s made from a mixture of excess barley and wheat that’s already in the brewing process. Since animals and fish can mistake six-pack rings for food, digesting these wouldn’t harm them. An added benefit is they’re also 100 percent biodegradable.
“It’s a big investment for a small brewery created by fisherman, surfers and people that love the sea.” SaltWater Brewery president Chris Gove told CraftBeer.com in May 2016, prior to going into prototype testing. “We hope to influence the big guys and hopefully inspire them to get on board.”