Brewing Up a Six-Pack Ring That Won't Kill Sea Turtles
SaltWater "Edible Six Pack Rings" (We Believers)
Given the amount of plastic floating in the world’s waterways, it’s not unusual for marine life to accidentally ingest bits of refuse - and get sick or die as a result. Then there’s the horrible fate of the creatures that get plastic six-pack rings stuck around their necks or bodies. Some, like the famous hourglass-shaped turtle Peanut, end up with deformed bodies and underdeveloped organs - if they’re not strangled first - all because they happened to swim into a six-pack ring as a baby.
But the days of a six-pack of beer polluting the planet and harming animals could be numbered, thanks to a joint effort by Florida-based SaltWater Brewery and New York City–based creative agency We Believers. Together they’ve disrupted the plastic six-pack-ring status quo by creating Edible Six-Pack Rings, a 100 percent biodegradeable and compostable holder for the brewery’s beer.
The result is a six-pack ring that resembles the recyclable pulp-fiber drink carriers handed out at coffee shops. Except these 3-D-printed rings are manufactured from leftover wheat and barley used during the beer-making process. Although they’re fully edible - including by marine life - they’re also strong enough to tote a six-pack of beer or soda.
Read the rest at TakePart
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