Delray Beach, FL – A Florida microbrewery has adopted a novel way to not only reduce plastic waste but also give a little something back to the environment. Saltwater Brewery, located on the Atlantic coast, uses barley and wheat leftover from the brewing process to produce biodegradable six-pack rings that serve as food for wildlife.

Plastic six-pack rings and other forms of plastic waste kill millions of seabirds, marine mammals and sea turtles every year. At the current rate, scientists predict that by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans.

Problems like this one, demand creative solutions, and Saltwater Brewery has delivered. Instead of posing a massive threat to marine life, the compostable beer packaging either biodegrades or becomes a safe snack for fish and other sea creatures.


While the process is slightly more costly at this point, wider adoption of the process would bring down costs for the industry. Their produce has the full support of locals who recognize the importance of environmental stewardship.

The creative solution we bring forward has the potential to influence how we do sustainable packaging with zero waste and no impact on wildlife,” said Marco Vega, co-founder of We Believers, which partnered with Saltwater Brewery to produce the six-pack rings.

The noble founders of Saltwater Brewery, made up of “fisherman, surfers and people that love the sea,” are passionate about preserving marine ecosystems, and also show it by donating to charities – all the while producing great-tasting craft beers. Caution: looking over the “on tap” list at Saltwater’s website may compel you to book a trip to Delray Beach.

“Using only pure and natural ingredients, each style of handcrafted beer and corresponding name is inspired by the ocean to reflect the lifestyle and passion of the Founders. Saltwater’s goal is to maintain the world’s greatest wonder by giving back through ocean based charities (CCA, Surfrider, Ocean Foundation, MOTE) and the Edible Six Pack Rings.”

The peril faced by marine life is hard to fathom for most, as humanity has become disconnected from that which sustains us. Whales dying from bellies full of plastic, turtles and birds choking on debris – it’s all ‘out of sight, out of mind’ for most people.

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Healthy marine ecosystems are essential for the continuation of stable human life. Ecosystem collapse would have real effects on our lives, not to mention the tragedy of extinguishing species that have evolved to wondrous and incredible forms over millions of years.

Dilution is NOT the solution to pollution. The oceans are not inexhaustible and are not endless dumping grounds. Corporations and government obfuscate the real effects of rampant consumerism – such as plastic waste – knowing full well that an informed populace poses a threat to their profits and power.

Saltwater Brewery’s compostable, edible six-pack rings are one of many technologies available to reduce the environmental impact of human activity as the population grows. One day there could be boats that turn plastic waste into diesel fuel. Researchers are exploring how to use wax worm caterpillars to eat plastic waste such as shopping bags.

While scientists work on those things, let’s use our hard-earned money to support companies that work toward a more sustainable future, such as Saltwater Brewery.

Justin Gardner is a peaceful free-thinker with a background in the biological sciences. He is interested in bringing rationality back into the national discourse, and independent journalism as a challenge to the status quo.
  • The Cat’s Vagina

    THIS is such a wonderful idea! We really need to further explore the science of making packaging out of excess (and heretofore wasted) food byproducts!


    A brilliant idea. Expect me to endorse and promote this.

  • There’s one big hurdle: The oil industry. Contrary to popular belief, oil companies make only a fraction of their money from gasoline and related products, their major source of revenues is plastics. It would be a shame if oil industry lobbyists kill such a worthwhile and desperately needed innovation as these edible 6-pack rings, but it’s very possible they will.

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      That’s a good point. Big Plastic doesn’t like this sort of nonsense!

  • IceTrey

    Couldn’t we just stop dumping trash in the ocean?

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      That’s the thing – trash has got to be dumped SOMEWHERE and if it’s not made of natural materials, it’s gonna be nasty. I think this is a great step toward becoming a more self-sustaining species. Otherwise, it’s gonna be a wild extinction ride!

      • Kweden

        You can rest assured that before foreseeable extinction happens, they will “exterminate” “eradicate” and “eliminate” the overpopulation. Their words not mine; read the league of nations/Un resolutions since their establishment–also who agendas, WTO agreements, There are other globalist agendas also, but none of the old money are on the agenda for squashing. (which includes arabians and indians and chinese (the ones that survived) and soviets, et al.) Don’t worry….

  • Mother Earth

    Good move”, somebody cares.

  • Sallie Dodd Butters

    Super idea! We have to make sure the greedy oil industry doesn’t kill this GREAT idea as they have for so many innovations that cut into their bottom line !