Yes yes yes! What a wonderful idea! A 100% biodegradable six-pack ring, plastic-free and made of barley and wheat leftover from the brewing process.
We need every beer company to support and switch to these edible six pack rings! In the meantime and if you must purchase a six-pack with plastic rings, don’t forget to cut it up before you throw it out, That way, if it accidentally ends up in the water, no animals will get entangled in the rings.
Plastic pollution ! The power of plastic! This turtle likely crawled through a discarded plastic ring of a 6-pack of beer or soda when it was a baby, and now is being forever strangled in a plastic hangman’s noose!
I was shopping at Publix today (Publix is a very big supermarket chain based in Florida that can also be found in Georgia and up to North Carolina), and I noticed these in the produce section, and instantly became furious.
If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know how vehement I am about plastic pollution, so this just drove me up the wall. Why and how did we reach the point as a society for the need of vegetables individually wrapped in plastic?! Potatoes individually wrapped in plastic? I’m aghast.
Not only is this horrifying from an environmental perspective, but I also do not understand what the goal is. It’s not going to make the veggies last any longer, and it’s just going to get cut up and thrown in the trash.
This was probably my last time shopping at Publix. They should be ashamed to sell this stuff, and their “Green” department should not only get a reality check but also really educate themselves on plastic pollution and the impacts it has on the environment, the marine life, and our own health.
Drowning In Plastic.
The Ocean Now Has At Least 700 Pieces Of Plastic Per Person On Earth
Plastic pollution is ubiquitous throughout the marine environment, yet estimates of the global abundance and weight of floating plastics have lacked data, particularly from the Southern Hemisphere and remote regions. Here we report an estimate of the total number of plastic particles and their weight floating in the world’s oceans from 24 expeditions (2007–2013) across all five sub-tropical gyres, costal Australia, Bay of Bengal and the Mediterranean Sea conducting surface net tows (N = 680) and visual survey transects of large plastic debris (N = 891). Using an oceanographic model of floating debris dispersal calibrated by our data, and correcting for wind-driven vertical mixing, we estimate a minimum of 5.25 trillion particles weighing 268,940 tons. When comparing between four size classes, two microplastic 4.75 mm, a tremendous loss of microplastics is observed from the sea surface compared to expected rates of fragmentation, suggesting there are mechanisms at play that remove
Do you use a product that has “microbeads” (small plastic balls used to exfoliates your face)? You could be contributing to plastic pollution in oceans and lakes, as these beads are too small to be filtered out, and are often eaten by fish. You can find alternatives to microbeads here.
Ecover are going to start collecting plastic pollution in the sea so that it can be recycled into new packaging! An excellent start on the path to reducing marine plastic pollution - but how can we prevent it from ending up in the ocean in the first place? Use less?
There is apparently very little regulation about safety testing new plastic products for leeching toxins so while there are a lot of BPA free products hitting the market, it is unknown if the substitute chemicals are any safer than BPA itself. I am beginning to think taking it back to glass, ceramic, and stainless steel is the way to go.