Help raise awareness about the dangers of six-pack rings

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There are currently 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in our oceans causing the death of over a million seabirds, and over 100 00 other marine creatures per year. 40% of that plastic is single-use, meaning we use it once and then throw it away. One of the most notorious examples of single-use plastic is the six-pack rings used to hold cans together.

We’ve all seen the photos of marine life ensnared in the grip of six-pack rings. Though they only account for a fraction of the plastic in the ocean they are deadly to the animals who come into contact with them. Six pack rings are often mistaken for food by animals who don’t know any better. Not only are they unsafe to eat but animals often get the rings tangled around their mouths and limbs. This can lead to starvation, loss of limbs, and death.

Though current regulations in Canada state that all six-pack rings have to be photodegradable, this can take up to a year and often just results in smaller pieces of plastic floating about. This also doesn’t account for the chemicals that go into plastics and end up in the ocean once they biodegrade. Chemicals such as bisphenol and PS oligomer can end up in the guts of marine life, and on the beaches where we can come into direct contact with them.

Some beer companies have realized the impact of six-pack rings on the environment and are switching to more environmentally friendly methods of keeping their cans together. Corona has created what they claim is the first 100% plastic free six-pack rings. Made of plant-based fibres, by-product waste, and compostable materials Corona claims that these rings will break down into an organic material that is not harmful to wildlife. Another beer brand, Carlsberg is trialling an adhesive to hold their cans together. Not only that but many other brands are opting to use cardboard boxes and plastic wrap in place of plastic six-pack rings.

Despite all these facts and the alternatives that are already out there, some Alberta breweries are still choosing to use six-pack rings to package their products. We want to incite change within these companies but we’re concerned that the voice of three high school students isn’t enough to catch their attention. This is where you come in. Our hope is that we can reach our goal of 100 signatures, send this petition to these Alberta breweries and convince them to choose an alternative form of packaging. Help us make a change and add your voice to ours by signing this petition.

Thank you.