By Kalie Savill
The plastic around six packs are very harmful to wildlife. Marine wildlife are often found entangled in the rings, sometimes strangling to death. Though the SPCA center employees are able to save many of the 14,000 animals admitted annually, most of the raccoons suffering from can injuries or entangled in plastic six-pack rings are not so lucky. “The trash slices them up, and by the time they come in to us the injuries are so advanced that we can’t do much for them,” Schneider a veterinarian from SPCA says.
There is a new way created by Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach, Florida. They have created edible six pack rings that feed rather than kill the wildlife. If the rings end up in the ocean, the animals can eat it. The rings are created from beer by- products during the brewing process such as barley and wheat which are completely safe to eat. The rings are also 100% biodegradable and compostable. The only drawback to this is that it is more expensive to produce. The brand also hopes that if more breweries hop on this bandwagon, prices may go down.