The plastic ring soda packaging has long been a problem for marine life. If this plastic winds up in the ocean, it can be very harmful to any sea creature that tries to eat it, and finally a beverage company has decided to do something about it.
Saltwater Brewery based in Delray, Florida has created an edible version of the plastic rings using none other than the byproducts from the brewing process. So, not only can these rings be eaten, they’re actually food for sea creatures, too. Pretty cool, huh?
Ingredients including barely and wheat are combined to create 100% edible, biodegradable and compostable packaging.
According to a video produced by the brand, “an estimated 1 million sea birds and 100,000 marine animals and sea turtles become entrapped in plastic or ingest it and die.” Saltwater Brewery didn’t like those numbers. And who can blame them?
The only slight drawback to creating this packaging is that it’s more expensive than using plastic, but paying a little extra for your beer seems like a small price to pay in an effort to save ocean life.
They’re hoping to inspire other companies to follow their lead and begin producing non-harmful packaging, too.
According to CraftBeer.com, the head of the brand, Peter Agardy said “It’s a big investment for a small brewery created by fisherman, surfers and people that love the sea. We hope to influence the big guys and hopefully inspire them to get on board.”
I wouldn’t mind seeing that for myself, either. In the meantime, crack open a cold Saltwater Brewery craft beer and do some good for the environment at the same time. Cheers!
[h/t: Huffington Post]