Fist bump to you if you cut up your six pack rings before recycling. There is nothing more heartbreaking than watching a turtle or sea bird getting strangled by these “modern conveniences.” Unfortunately, many folks don’t cut them up. Even when cut up, they still find their way to the ocean and add to the ever-growing plastic patch.
Saltwater Brewery, in Delray Beach, Florida, decided to do something about this. They teamed up with E6PR to develop Eco Six Pack Rings, and after months of prototype testing, finally launched them on their Screamin’ Reels IPA!
Made of wheat and barley (the same good stuff of brews), these six pack rings are not only biodegradable, but can actually feed fish and other animals! Considering the fact that the Gulf of Mexico has one of the highest concentrations of marine plastic (a volunteer found 170 plastic rings in a single beach clean-up), we’re toasting to Saltwater Brewery and their move in the right direction. This project wasn’t cheap, yet Saltwater Brewery never hesitated to invest in a sustainable product that could and should become an industry staple.
The beauty of the modern craft brew movement is that it’s rooted in the concept of supporting small, local businesses. Next time you’re imbibing at your local microbrewery, tell the owner/brewmaster about Eco Six Pack rings and see if they’d consider using them. Spread the good word! Let’s make the plastic six pack ring something we look back on and say, “What were we thinking!?”