Banning plastic beer rings in California to save marine life

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The plastic rings used to hold beer cans often end up in the ocean, not only polluting it but also actively killing marine life.

Turtles can get stuck in the beer rings and have deformed shells, fish mistake it for food and when they try to eat it, they choke on it. Littering plastic in the ocean has unfortunately become so common that a walk to Santa Monica makes this fact evident.

Saltwater Brewery, a brewery in Florida took the first initiative to stop producing plastic rings and instead use biodegradable rings for their beer. The biodegradable rings are made up of grain left over from the beer making process. By combining these grains with bio-polymer, a natural protein, it functions as food for marine life in case the rings do end up in the ocean.

Since California is a state that banned single use plastic bags, there is great potential in this diverse state to implement this ban as well for the benefit and sustainability of the environment, marine life and for the preservation of the beautiful oceans that California prides itself in.



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