Finally! Edible 6-Pack Rings For Beer

Have you seen the incredible video floating around social media feeds like a jellyfish drifting with the tide until it’s snapped up by a turtle? Ok – maybe that’s a little overboard on the visual analogy, but this is some cool stuff –and it’s important!

A brewery in Florida released a YouTube video last week demonstrating their revolutionary EDIBLE 6-pack can rings. Saltwater Brewery is now recycling the leftover barley and hops from their brewery and transforming the paste into a type of cardboard that is completely digestible by sea life and sturdy enough to safely transport beer!

I was taught at an early age to cut 6-pack rings before I throw them into the trash. We are learning that is no longer enough.  Recently,  CapeCod.com reported that new statistics show that 99% of seabirds will ingest plastics by 2050! Birds, turtles, seals, fish… How much plastic are we dumping into the ocean? Too much.

We know, living on the Cape, that all sea life is affected by carelessly discarded plastics. I began to wonder who was stepping up on the Cape to prevent unnecessary harm to our local sea life. I reached out to Beth Marcus at Cape Cod Beer.

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Beth was very excited to see an eco-friendly alternative to plastic. She is already researching the process that goes into making the edible 6-pack rings.  The question she is asking her mobile canner is about the equipment used on the process. While she is looking into specific details, she assured me “the rings we (Cape Cod Beer) use are biodegradable … In about two weeks… So they aren’t as dangerous to wildlife as the old style”.

I asked how long she had been using the more friendly rings.

“We’ve always been using them… We’re way too eco-focused to go any other way. We try hard to be as green as possible… It comes with a slight up charge but we think it’s worth it”.

Personally, I am willing to pay a little extra in order to protect our local wild life.

Maybe someone should reach out to Cape Cod Potato Chips to see if they could make 6-pack rings for people to snack on?

About Cat Wilson

Cat Wilson is "That Girl" on Cape Country 104 – a Cape Cod native and longtime Cape radio personality. She is a passionate supporter of Military and Veteran causes on the Cape and also hosts local music spotlight program, “The Cheap Seats” on Ocean 104.7.

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