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Wed May 18, 2016, 07:45 PM

Here's a great article about a small brewery with a fantastic idea:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/saltwater-brewery-edible-six-pack-rings-beer-plastic-marine-life_us_573b796ce4b0ef86171c5fe4?

There is also a video that shows how it works, embedded in the story.

An excerpt:


A craft beer company has brewed up a brilliant idea.

Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach, Florida, has created edible six-pack rings that feed, rather than kill, marine life if the rings end up in the ocean and an animal happens to eat it. The rings are created from beer by-products during the brewing process such as barley and wheat and are completely safe for humans and fish to eat.

The rings are also 100 percent biodegradable and compostable, which just ups the product’s sustainability game.

The brand says that the innovative design is as resistant and efficient as plastic packaging. The only drawback is that edible six-pack rings are more expensive to produce. But the company hopes that customers will be willing to pay a little more in order to help the environment and animal life.

“It’s a big investment for a small brewery created by fisherman, surfers and people that love the sea,” Peter Agardy, head of brand at Saltwater Brewery, said in the below video.

The brand also believes that if more breweries hop on this bandwagon, prices may go down. If more companies invested in the technology, production cost would go down and edible rings would become competitive with plastic ones, saving marine lives ­— which is desperately needed.



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Reply Here's a great article about a small brewery with a fantastic idea: (Original post)
CaliforniaPeggy May 2016 OP
Jackie Wilson Said May 2016 #1
Cassiopeia May 2016 #2
merrily May 2016 #3
ShrimpPoboy May 2016 #4
CaliforniaPeggy May 2016 #5
panader0 May 2016 #18
Brother Buzz May 2016 #21
Thespian2 May 2016 #23
global1 May 2016 #6
blm May 2016 #10
malaise May 2016 #7
CaliforniaPeggy May 2016 #8
blm May 2016 #9
CaliforniaPeggy May 2016 #11
tomm2thumbs May 2016 #12
dhill926 May 2016 #13
trof May 2016 #14
CaliforniaPeggy May 2016 #15
Omaha Steve May 2016 #16
CaliforniaPeggy May 2016 #17
kayakjohnny May 2016 #19
CaliforniaPeggy May 2016 #22
niyad May 2016 #20
silvershadow May 2016 #24
valerief May 2016 #25
Shankapotomus May 2016 #26
cwydro May 2016 #27
Recursion May 2016 #28
Skink May 2016 #29
KansDem May 2016 #33
dembotoz May 2016 #30
IronLionZion May 2016 #31
Bad Dog May 2016 #32
Mosby May 2016 #34
Throd May 2016 #35
Mosby May 2016 #37
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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed May 18, 2016, 07:48 PM

1. Wow,. totally cool

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed May 18, 2016, 07:49 PM

2. Maybe I'll swing by and see if they give tours after

a day of knocking on doors for Canova this summer.

Thanks for the heads up.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed May 18, 2016, 07:49 PM

3. Thank you. It is a great idea!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed May 18, 2016, 07:50 PM

4. I wonder how big the price difference really is

Most small businesses run on razor thin margins but if there were a way to make this more affordable, like tax credits perhaps, I would love to see this become the law.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed May 18, 2016, 07:51 PM

5. Thanks, everybody!

If I drank beer, I'd sure drink this one!

I saw this on Facebook, and I really wanted to bring it over. I figured a little good news might be just the thing!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #5)

Wed May 18, 2016, 08:35 PM

18. C'mon, one or two won't hurt.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #5)

Wed May 18, 2016, 09:43 PM

21. Here's the deal: I'll drink the beer and....

let you have the rings to share with the ducks.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #5)

Wed May 18, 2016, 10:40 PM

23. Thanks, CaliforniaPeggy...

it is a great innovative product...Don't drink beer, but will buy some for friends the next time I'm in Pompano...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed May 18, 2016, 07:51 PM

6. The Prices Will Come Way Down If All Current Users Of The Plastic Rings That Don't Biodegrade....

or are made by law to switch to the biodegradable rings.

This could be an easy fix and I hope we get a Senator or two and a House Rep or two to sponsor a bill to make using these biodegradable rings a law.

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Response to global1 (Reply #6)

Wed May 18, 2016, 07:58 PM

10. exactly…

makes perfect sense

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed May 18, 2016, 07:54 PM

7. Wonderful

Thanks for this

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Response to malaise (Reply #7)

Wed May 18, 2016, 07:57 PM

8. Glad to help, my dear malaise!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed May 18, 2016, 07:58 PM

9. This is wonderful and I am definitely going to steal ….uh…share it. ; )

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Response to blm (Reply #9)

Wed May 18, 2016, 07:59 PM

11. Go ahead and steal it, my dear blm! That's what I did, from Facebook!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed May 18, 2016, 08:07 PM

12. love that - and thanks for posting it

always great to hear folks thinking about things in innovative ways

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed May 18, 2016, 08:24 PM

13. fantastic...

simple and effective...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed May 18, 2016, 08:27 PM

14. I'll have an India Pale Ale and pass the rings, please.

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Response to trof (Reply #14)

Wed May 18, 2016, 08:28 PM

15. Coming right up, and enjoy, my dear trof!

Cheers!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed May 18, 2016, 08:29 PM

16. Thanks for posting





K&R!

OS

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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #16)

Wed May 18, 2016, 08:30 PM

17. You're very welcome!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed May 18, 2016, 08:46 PM

19. Thanks for this, Peggy.

Just one more reason that you're my hands down favorite person on this nutty internet entity. Thanks for all you do to make this a better place.

Which, btw, needs it more than ever right now...

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Response to kayakjohnny (Reply #19)

Wed May 18, 2016, 09:55 PM

22. Aw, what a sweetheart you are, my dear kayakjohnny!

Thank you.



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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed May 18, 2016, 09:29 PM

20. excellent. I do not drink beer, but will let my suds-loving friends know about this.

hope that the soda makers follow suit.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2016, 08:13 AM

24. What a fantastic idea! Thanks, Peggy, for sharing this one! nt

 

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2016, 08:51 AM

25. But won't this hurt the oil-based plastics industry? They won't stand for that! nt

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2016, 08:54 AM

26. What about pests?

Will these yokes attract mice and other pests when beer is in storage?

Having worked in the industry I know a lot of canned beer is left outside of a cooler in stock rooms for long periods of time.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2016, 09:02 AM

27. That's great!

I love to read good news like this.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2016, 09:07 AM

28. The best ideas seem the most obvious in retrospect

What a brilliant example of out-of-the-box thinking

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2016, 09:20 AM

29. Can you eat them

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Response to Skink (Reply #29)

Thu May 19, 2016, 11:41 AM

33. I think you're on to something!

Buy a six-pack with rings made of snack food like tortilla chips and pretzels! Pop a can and tear off a ring!

One-stop sip and nip!!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2016, 09:38 AM

30. nice but 12 packs come in recycleable cardborad...easy to recycle AND you get more beer

just saying

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2016, 10:23 AM

31. great idea but why use rings at all?

bottles tend to come in recyclable cardboard and cases of cans do as well. Animals can tear through it and it is biodegradable and easier to use.

I'm glad these rings are edible for animals and reusing beer byproducts but there are much simpler solutions.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2016, 10:51 AM

32. They stopped selling cans in rings over here years ago.

Six packs are sold like this.



Btw, it's sacrilege to sell beer, (good beer anyway,) in cans. Draught or in bottles is the only way.

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Response to Bad Dog (Reply #32)

Thu May 19, 2016, 11:55 AM

34. san tan and four peaks have both switched to cans

Less air in the can, no light, lighter and easy to recycle and can be taken outdoors in parks, stadiums etc. They don't use the traditional ring, each can has full plastic cover so it eliminates the problem of warehouse dust.

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Response to Bad Dog (Reply #32)

Thu May 19, 2016, 12:56 PM

35. Cans are superior to bottles in many ways.

It was a sacrilege (to beer snobs) to drink beer from cans. Not so anymore.

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Response to Throd (Reply #35)

Fri May 20, 2016, 03:30 AM

38. Bottles, (with a deposit,) are so much better.

My local beer shop charges a deposit on most continental beer, the bottles go back to the brewery and are reused.

Beer tastes so much better when it's in a bottle, (or draught,) not just beer either. Glass bottled coca cola tastes a lot better than tinned. Unfortunately it's more expensive and the bottles aren't reused.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2016, 01:59 PM

36. Wouldn't it be awesome?

If all other companies followed suit?

I always cut the plastic six-pack rings before putting them into recycle. This brewery's idea is a great one!

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