New Biodegradable Six-Pack Rings Feed Marine Life Instead of Harming Them
The effects of plastic waste on our planet continue to mount, and are becoming harder to ignore: Plastic six-pack rings choking the necks of sea turtles, binding the legs and wings of birds or being ingested by fish are a heartbreaking reminder that our consumptive habits have long lasting—and deadly—repercussions for other species with whom we share the planet. Thanks to the passion of Florida-based Saltwater Brewery and innovation of the startup company E6PR, however, biodegradable six-pack rings may just be the wave of the future—and for marine life, this edible invention is hitting the market not a moment too soon.
The rings, created by E6PR (which stands for Eco Six Pack Ring™), are a biodegradable option that upholds the standard of convenience while providing an eco-friendly alternative. These rings are designed to degrade within days of being disposed to a compost facility, according to the company’s site, or within weeks if left out in the open—such as on beaches or in waterways—and can even feed wildlife, since they’re made in part of wheat and barley.
Saltwater Brewery, a Delray Beach microbrewery with deep roots in its Florida community, has decided to hit the plastic six-pack ring challenge head on, utilizing E6PR’s biodegradable rings in lieu of the standard plastic.
“Saltwater Brewery is a craft beer brand that was founded in 2013 by a group of Floridians whose passions are surfing, fishing, boating and the ocean in general,” says Chris Gove, co-founder and president of Saltwater Brewery. “Since our inception, our goal has been to maintain the world’s greatest wonder by giving back through ocean based charities, such as Coastal Conservation Association, Surfrider, Ocean Foundation, among many others, and by being the first brewery to package and sell our beer with the Eco Six Pack Rings.”
He adds, “The first eco-friendly six pack ring made from by-product waste and other compostable materials, E6PR is designed to replace plastic rings, which are truly damaging to our environment and the animals who live in it.”
As E6PR continues to spread its messaging and biodegradable six-pack rings across the globe, marine life and planet will continue to benefit. Following Saltwater Brewery’s lead, E6PR’s current client list includes several U.S.-based companies, along with breweries in South Africa, Solomon Islands and several countries in the EU and Mexico.
Innovation, passion and a commitment to the health of the planet at large: These companies are paving the way to change in the plastics packaging industry. Here’s to a plastic-free future, as soon as possible.
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