MIAMI, Florida - A Florida brewery as taken upon itself to find an environmental - and edible - solution to the plastic rings that hold six-packs together but end up polluting marine life.
Saltwater Brewery of Delray Beach says its "Edible Six Pack Rings" are not only biodegradable but can be digested by fish that get accidentally entangled in them. The company posted a video which went viral, recording 43 million views on one social media website.
"Most plastic ring beers and end up in our oceans and pose a serious threat to wildlife," according to the company's website.
The rings are made from wheat and barley left over from the brewing process, says the company, founded in late 2013.
The founders say their "roots and values spur from a lifestyle that revolves around the ocean," including working with ocean based charities. "Our passion for making Quality Beer for you is the way we can ensure we give back to the ocean as much as possible! Come with us to "Explore the Depths of Beer", Cheers!" it adds.
"This could be a game-changer for conserving marine life as over 1 million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles die each year from ingesting, or becoming entangled in, plastic," marine artist and conservationsist, Guy Harvey, wrote on Facebook.