For tiny scraps of plastic, six-pack rings can pose a huge threat to marine life, Small enough and ubiquitous enough that they’re easy to discard and forget about, the little plastic webs too often make their way to the ocean, where animals can ingest or become trapped in them.
In order to combat that problem, Florida-based Saltwater Brewery has created what they say is the world’s first fully biodegradable, compostable, edible six-pack rings.
The Huffington Post reports that the edible six-pack rings are made of barley and wheat and are if not necessarily tasty, at least safe for animals and humans to ingest. Saltwater Brewery has already started packaging their beers with the edible six-pack rings.
They hope that customers will be willing to pay a bit more for the environmentally friendly beers and are encouraging other companies to adopt the edible six-pack rings in order to lower manufacturing prices and save more animals.