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Packaging feeds rather than kills marine fauna

The problem with single-use plastic packaging is nothing new. Fortunately, for several years now, there has been a growing trend to remedy the problem posed by the surplus of disposable packaging, which after use turns into waste polluting the environment for hundreds or even thousands of years to come. This results in the degradation of
Published: April 22, 2019 - 13:46
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 18:04
Packaging feeds rather than kills marine fauna

The problem with single-use plastic packaging is nothing new. Fortunately, for several years now, there has been a growing trend to remedy the problem posed by the surplus of disposable packaging, which after use turns into waste polluting the environment for hundreds or even thousands of years to come.

This results in the degradation of entire ecosystems, but also in the painful and often slow death of individuals, preceded by unimaginable agony. A good example (although not found in our immediate vicinity) are plastic beer containers, the so-called “sixpack rings”. They are very popular e.g. in the USA, Mexico and Australia, and many times we could see them as a cause of suffering of turtles or birds entangled in them and of seals choked by them.

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Plastic pollution in the Gulf of Mexico region is reaching its peak, and it is all the more pleasing that it is not only consumers and beer lovers, for whom a clean environment is a priority, who are taking action, but also producers who seem to have recognised the problem and are starting to act at the source.

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A good example comes from Florida, where some time ago a brewery replaced plastic packaging with something completely new! Biodegradable packaging is something that will not only disappear quickly if it ends up in the environment, but if it falls prey to marine inhabitants, it will also become a nutritious meal.

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The pack first appeared on the market as part of a startup campaign called E6PR (Eco Six Pack Rings), which aimed to popularise the solution in order to reduce production costs as much as possible and bring it into everyday use.

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From the photos posted on E6PR’s social media, we can see that the number of breweries interested in biodegradable packaging continues to grow and they are eager to boast about the new solution. So we can only hope that this trend will continue and grow steadily, not only for beer packaging.

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It is interesting to note that in Poland the solution is used by the craft brewery Inne Beczka.

Source: e6pr.com

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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