How beer can save turtles and birds
By: Troy Frisby/Jordyn Rolling
If you don't know that plastic six-pack rings are harmful to marine life, you probably weren't a kid when Captain Planet hit the airwaves.
That also means you're probably old enough to enjoy Saltwater Brewery's new creation!
The Florida brewery has created six-pack rings that animals can consume.
The packaging is 100-percent biodegradable and made from leftover materials used during the brewing process, like barley and wheat.
So they're completely safe for both humans and animals to eat.
According to the company, Americans drank 6.3 billion gallons of beer last year, 50 percent of which were in cans.
The traditional plastic six-pack rings have had a huge negative impact on ocean animals, especially birds and turtles.
Most organizations recommend at least cutting the rings open to prevent animals from getting entangled, but animals still tend to eat the plastic.
That then becomes an intestinal blockage or fills their bellies, causing them to starve to death.
The World Economic Forum says if we continue making and using plastic like we are now, there will be more plastic than fish in the world's oceans by 2050.
Saltwater is the first company to make a completely biodegradable packing.
Cheers to that! No, seriously.