The world's waterways has been suffering from the devastation that ocean pollution has on the marine ecosystem for over a century. Plastics are the most common form of ocean pollution and has the most long-term effects because it doesn't breakdown. Marine life often gets tangled in them and these type of pollutants are even more deadly when sea creatures often mistake them as food sources.
The major players in the beer industry need to pay close attention to what a small Florida brewery is doing. Saltwater Brewery has the chance to put a big dent in ocean pollution one six-pack at a time. The brewery has created biodegradable beer rings that are environmentally friendly. These new beer rings will be the first of their kind in the industry. Made of wheat barley, the byproduct of the brewing process, these edible six-pack rings will actually feed marine wildlife instead of killing them like traditional plastic rings.
Being that these rings are made from brewing byproducts there is no cost for raw materials. That makes them more efficient for business purposes. Over 150 different breweries have asked for the 100 percent biodegradable technology.
While plastic ocean pollution is a long way away from being eliminated, implementing this type of product into the beer industry will greatly reduce the number of new plastic six-pack rings harming the environment. Saltwater Brewery is on to something that's great for the industry, its customers, and the environment.