Six-Pack Rings That Won't Hurt Turtles (they can be eaten)

posted by Mark Robertson -

You’ve probably seen the heart-wrenching photos of the damage plastic six-pack rings can do to marine life. They tangle the wings of sea birds, choke seals and warp the shells of growing sea turtles. A Florida brewery has a solution: six-pack rings that that can either biodegrade or serve as a snack for wildlife. After years of research and development, the rings — made of wheat and barley — are now popping up in south Florida stores. Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach developed the rings with a startup called E6PR. Troubleshooting and manufacturing the rings was expensive. E6PR hopes other breweries will buy into the new rings and help bring costs down.

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