Saltwater Brewery six-pack with edible rings (Saltwater Brewery/We Believers)

Saltwater Brewery six-pack with edible rings (Saltwater Brewery/We Believers)

Hats off to Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach, Florida!  This small brewery developed edible six-pack rings to help protect marine life.  Constructed of barley and wheat ribbons from the beer brewing process, these six-pack rings are 100 percent biodegradable, compostable and edible to marine life yet still as resistant and efficient as the plastic packaging they replace.

Craftbeer.com says it well:  “The devastating effects that plastic six-pack rings can have to both wildlife and the environment has been proven time and time again.”  Saltwater Brewery Peter Agardy: “It’s a big investment for a small brewery created by fisherman, surfers and people who love the sea.”

So when a small brewery cares enough to expend precious money and time to solve an environmental problem…they sure deserve a high five!  Here’s their story in a video created by  We Believers:

So you don’t live by the ocean?  Well, it’s not just marine life affected by plastic six-pack rings and other plastic garbage…there are many heart-breaking photos online illustrating all types of wildlife and even pets (cats and dogs) caught up plastic non-biodegradable garbage.  It’s a train wreck for animals and surely we, as a society, can do better than this!

Think about the possibilities if small and large industries implemented this technology, lowering production costs and reducing the use of plastics that end up in landfills and the ocean. Wow!  Big impact, big difference!

The challenge is on – those of us on an ecofriendly journey can to talk to our local breweries and “plant a seed” asking them to get on board and work with Saltwater Brewery to gain this packaging.  And you could share this post on your FaceBook page, spreading the word that there is now an alternative to plastic six-pack rings.

Hats off to you, Saltwater Brewery!  You did good!  Thank you!

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