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Saving the Planet One Beer at a Time

Published on May 23rd, 2016

We are experiencing an evolution of improving environmental practices. However, with inconvenience and cost as typical obstacles, the challenge is to turn these practices into habits. No surprise our favorite new habit involves beer at the bar. We drink only local draft. No containers. Minimal delivery. Zero sacrifice.

But what about the beer you buy from the store? The plastic six-pack rings are a death sentence for birds and sea life. But addressing this issue is Saltwater Brewery in Florida, a craft beer company that has created edible six-pack rings.

The rings are created from beer by-products during the brewing process such as barley and wheat and are completely safe if they end up in the ocean and get eaten. The rings are also 100 percent biodegradable and compostable, which just ups the product’s sustainability game.

The brand says that the innovative design is as resistant and efficient as plastic packaging. The only drawback is that edible six-pack rings are more expensive to produce. But the company hopes that customers will be willing to pay a little more in order to help the environment and animal life.

The brand also believes that if more breweries hop on this bandwagon, prices may go down. If more companies invested in the technology, production cost would go down and edible rings would become competitive with plastic ones, saving marine lives – a good habit to pursue.

Source: Huffington Post, Scuttlebutt

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