Marine life is constantly under threat by the everyday use of the plastic 6 pack rings, since they warp the shells of sea turtles, choke seals and tangle around the wings of the sea birds. The Gulf of Mexice is especially under threat as plastic pollution is highly concentrated in this area of the world.

However, a brewery from Florida is offering a solution in the form of bio gradable six pack rings that can serve as food for the marine wildlife because they are made from barley and wheat.

On first sight, they might look as if they are made out of cardboard or plastic, but the wheat and barley byproducts have been utilized as an incredibly durable material, fine to the touch and the best part, it can sustain transport and it is durable enough to survive the wear and tear and being stored in the fridge.

The brewery that makes these six pack rings is the Saltwater Brewery, the craft microbrewery located in Delray Beach, with the help of a startup called E6PR, which is short for Eco 6 Pack Rings. They have high hopes that other breweries will adopt the new method of producing these rings as that will also help in reducing the costs during manufacturing.

Peter Agardy, head of the brand at the brewery, said that this was an incredible endeavor by such a small brewery which was created by surfers, fisherman and people that love the sea, so the president of Delray, Chris Grove, admitted that they also have hopes that this step will have an effect on other breweries and get them on board.

CBS News reported that this was a collaborative project between New York ad agency “We Believers”, private investors from the beverage packing industry and Mexican biodegradable supplier known as Entelequia. These rings will be compostable when being disposed of properly, biodegradable when they end up littered, all thanks since they are made from “by-product waste and other materials”.

The brewery will not yet discuss the specifics, since they are still testing the rings with other breweries, however, the E6PR will, hopefully, start turning the tides to reduce the overall plastic pollution in the seas.