Ocean pollution has been a problem for a long time. Instead of throwing trash away in a garbage can, many people irresponsibly either toss it over the side of their boat or leave it on the beach, where it gets washed out to sea. Scientists estimate that 70% of seabirds and up to 80% of sea turtles eat plastic by accident. Because of this, approximately 1-million birds and 100,000 sea turtles and mammals die each year.
A company in Delray Beach, Florida, is hoping to change this. Saltwater Brewery has created a six-pack ring that is both edible and biodegradable. The rings are made out of wheat and barley remnants and begin decomposing within one hour after being submerged in the water. Within three months, they are fully deteriorated, leaving no harmful effects on the environment.
The new, eco-friendly design will make their beverages more expensive, but only slightly. Each six-pack will cost about 10 to 15-cents more, but the owners are hoping consumers will not mind paying a few pennies more to keep our ocean and sea animals safe.