On the other side of the globe, summer is approaching – which means a lot of people will hit the beach with their favorite drinks in tow, like beer.
These factors have inspired an owner of a small craft beer company to create a product that will be beneficial to both man and marine life.
Chris Gove, the owner of Florida-based Saltwater Brewery, has partnered with an ad agency to create edible beer rings. Gove has discovered that the excess barley and wheat he uses for brewing beer can also be turned into fish food, which will be molded into beer rings.
It is widely known that plastic rings, which usually come with canned drinks, are a threat to marine life. Birds and sea creatures get trapped in it or mistake it as food. Approximately 1 million sea birds and 100 000 marine mammals die from plastic pollution every year.
Gove’s idea garnered attention from various breweries, including big corporations. They were all on board with this innovation, and now Gove is busy with his team applying for patents and developing on how to scale the process up.
"We have run the numbers and it looks very cost effective, especially on the scaling side since the breweries have already invested in it. So getting the product there is no raw material cost it's just already there. So it becomes quickly a lot less expensive to run," he said.
In a matter of time, both man and marine creatures can co-habit without harming each other.