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Surf City brewery creates eco-friendly packaging that is edible for wildlife

Posted November 21, 2019 8:48 a.m. EST
Updated November 21, 2019 8:51 a.m. EST

Credit: Salty Turtle Beer Company

— A Surf City brewery has started packaging its beer cans in eco-friendly rings that can be safely consumed by wildlife.

The flimsy plastic rings used to hold soda bottles and beer cans together have been known to harm wildlife. In recent years, disturbing photos of land animals and marine life caught between the rings have circulated around the internet, along with pictures of plastic straws wedged inside sea turtles and other creatures.

According to Salty Turtle Beer Company, the new eco-friendly ring holders are made from by-product waste and compostable materials that come from the beer brewing process.

The rings degrade in days, not years, and will not harm wildlife if ingested, a Facebook post states.

An article by the National Geographic suggests many breweries and bottling companies across the country are taking the same initiative.

A relatively new movement is one against plastic straws. Whole Foods, Starbucks, The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill and dozens of other companies have started implementing new procedures to reduce, or get rid of, plastic straws.

Many restaurants won't bring customers straws unless they ask for them, and manufactures have started selling reusable straws made of silicone, metal or hard plastic. Consumers can help by minimizing their use of plastic overall and by cutting up the plastic rings that come with beer cans and soda bottles before throwing them in the garbage.

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